Sod to be turned today for cultural centre
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.