Sod to be turned to­day for cul­tural cen­tre

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY JULIE COLLINS

ar­range­ments for the new cen­tre.

En­ter­prise Cape Bre­ton Cor­po­ra­tion is the ma­jor backer for the cen­tre, with ad­di­tional seed money com­ing from the Prov­ince. The Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity pro­vided fund­ing for the land pur­chase by the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

The se­niors club will oc­cupy the ground floor, the li­brary and mu­seum will be on the first floor, along with the of­fice of the MLA.

The sod turn­ing cer­e­mony will be held at 2:30 p.m. with a pub­lic re­cep­tion to fol­low at the North Syd­ney li­brary.

Project ar­chi­tect is Ken MacNeil, Vibe Creative Group has been en­gaged to do lay­out de­sign of the new mu­seum.

Construction of the new build­ing will be­gin im­me­di­ately by con­trac­tor Joneljim Con­crete Construction Lim­ited.

“A lot of work went into de­vel­op­ment of this project,” said his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety pres­i­dent James Walsh. “I un­der­stand this is the first oc­ca­sion in the prov­ince where a mu­seum and a re­gional li­brary will share quar­ters sep­a­rated by glass. Both will en­joy an in­crease in space, as will the se­niors club.”

The mu­seum will house a 1919 LaFrance fire truck, once the main op­er­at­ing ve­hi­cle for the North Syd­ney Fire Depart­ment. The LaFrance, which was fea­tured in a tele­vi­sion film on the Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion, will be on dis­play to­day.

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