Demolition Planned for Old Halifax Infirmary

Department of Transportation and Public Works (to Oct. 23 2007)

June 2, 2004 1:10 PM

The province will begin dismantling the Old Halifax Infirmary
this year.

Asbestos and other material will be removed from the inside of
the building in 2004 followed by demolition of the building's
shell in 2005, said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and
Public Works.

"This project is going to free up a large, prime piece of real
estate in the heart of the capital city," said Mr. Russell. "It's
time to get on with the job and make way for the future.

"The age of the building and the materials inside it make this a
complicated project that needs to be carefully planned," added
Mr. Russell. "We're now looking for a consultant to develop an
approach that's cost-effective and will minimize disruption to
area residents and businesses."

Mr. Russell said that once the consultant's cleanup plan is
developed, a tender will be called to begin removing any
hazardous material from the inside of the old hospital site. "The
cleanup itself will start by the end of the summer."

The Old Halifax Infirmary is on a 3.5-acre site that has frontage
on Queen Street, Spring Garden Road and Morris Street. The site
includes a parking lot now being used by Dalhousie University.
Dalhousie has a long-term lease on the Gerard Hall residence,
which will not be demolished.

Government has not made a decision on the future of the site
following the demolition and all options remain open.

The hospital was closed by the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences
Centre in 1998 and the land was transferred to the province.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The province will begin dismantling the Old Halifax

Infirmary this year.

     Asbestos and other material will be removed from the old

hospital site in 2004, followed by demolition of the building's

shell in 2005.

     Public Works Minister Ron Russell says removing the old

hospital will make way for future development.

     The province is now looking for a consultant to develop a

cleanup plan for the site. A tender for inside

demolition work will then be called.

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Contact: Dan Davis
         Transportation and Public Works
         902-424-8978
         E-mail: davisds@gov.ns.ca

njm         June 2, 2004        1:09 P.M.