Masset barracks demolition proceeding

  • Jul. 1, 2014 3:00 p.m.

The fences are up and the Old Massett Village Council is getting down to business, as it begins demolishing former military buildings and selling salvaged materials.Deconstruction will start with the barracks on the east end near the old hospital site, Project Manager Alfred Adams said, and move around from there.As work continues, salvageable items and materials are made available for islanders to take on a first come, first served basis.”We’re giving it away right now,” Mr. Adams said, “The idea is to reduce the amount of stuff going to the landfill.”After July 1, salvaged goods can be picked up from a gated area near the demo site Monday to Friday between 2 and 4 pm.Mr. Adams wants people to be mindful and aware that materials are salvaged and, although workers are trying their best to remove nails and screws, there is a chance some might be missed.Having the Old Massett corporation demolish the buildings increases local involvement in the project and encourages the salvage and reuse of as much building material as possible, GMDC director Andrew Merilees told the Observer mid-May.The project is expected to be complete by the end of October.The playing field will remain open and the public walkway will be closed throughout the entire project, GMDC said. The parking area at the end of Main Street can continue to be used until recreation centre demolition begins.

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