Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 21, 2007 11:29 ET

Land Purchased for a New Multi-Purpose Facility in St. John's

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2007) - The Department of National Defence (DND) has purchased approximately 6.4 hectares of land from Canada Lands Company CLC Limited (CLC). The site was purchased for approximately $800 thousand and will become home to the new multi-purpose facility at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) St. John's in Pleasantville, Newfoundland and Labrador.

CFS St. John's and several Reserve and Cadet Units are currently dispersed across land that is over three times larger than the assessed requirement. In an effort to consolidate operations at the Station, the Department purchased 6.4 hectares of land on the south-western side of the current Pleasantville location.

"This investment, which is part of the $101 million construction initiative announced in April, clearly demonstrates the commitment of this government to the Canadian Forces and to CFS St. John's in Pleasantville," said The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

"CFS St. John's performs an important role in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Station provides training, operational support and family resources for numerous military units," said the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier. "This project is long overdue, and once completed, will better support future operations."

"The purchase of this land and the planned construction project will significantly increase employment opportunities in the region," said the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador. "This is a major economic benefit for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador."

The new multi-purpose facility project, estimated to be completed by Winter 2013, will replace facilities that were constructed as an American Army Base during the Second Word War, and then transferred to the Canadian Government in the late 1960s. The new facility will comprise operational training space, offices and classrooms, medical and dental facilities, messes, vehicle maintenance bays, warehouse space, and a Military Family Resource Centre.

There has been a military presence in Pleasantville since the First World War. Until recently, DND had been leasing the land from CLC, which purchased the site from Public Works and Government Services of Canada in 2006.

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