The Masset barracks: demolition, step one underway

  • May. 15, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Workers are removing asbestos and other hazardous materials from the former barracks buildings in Masset, a first step towards the possible demolition of the structures. Trevor Jarvis, one of the Masset representatives on the Greater Massett Development Corp, said GMDC has hired Western Thermal Contracting of Prince George to remove the dangerous materials. Western Thermal brought a crew from off-island to work on the project, Mr. Jarvis said. They began work a few weeks ago and will continue for a few more weeks. The job is being overseen by Pacific Environmental Consulting to ensure that all WCB and other regulations are followed, said GMDC administrator Memory Brown. Ms Brown said the office has been getting a few questions about the work, but she has assured people that all safety procedures are in place. The asbestos will be taken off-island for disposal, she added. GMDC, jointly owned by Masset and Old Massett, owns the former military buildings that dominate the centre of Masset. The buildings have been unused for many years. GMDC operated the pool and recreation centre following the military downsizing but shut down the facility in the summer of 2008 due to financial challenges. Although removing hazardous material is required before the buildings can be torn down, Mr. Jarvis said the GMDC has not yet made a formal decision to demolish the structures.