Government funds give Discovery Centre green light to start renovating new space

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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HALIFAX - New funding from the provincial and federal governments will now allow the Discovery Centre to “press the green button” on renovations in their future location on the Halifax waterfront.

Pedestrians walk past the Discovery Centre building on Barrington Street.

On Monday, the federal government announced they will contribute $3 million for a new and improved science centre in the Nova Scotia Power Building, while the province of Nova Scotia will chip in $6 million.

“That allows us to essentially press the green button,” said Discovery Centre spokeswoman Renée Fournier.

“Now we can actually get in there and start the building.”

The Discovery Centre itself is responsible for the rest of the building cost and any overruns, according to the province.

Fournier said the $9 million government boost gets the campaign very close to it’s public sector target, and they have about $4 million raised through private donations.

The $13 million raised so far is just over the half-way mark to the total renovation cost of $20 million.

Fournier said the Discovery Centre team will meet with architects over the next couple of weeks to decide when the retrofit of the empty “block B” in the NSP building will begin.

Visit the centre’s planning website for more information and to see renderings of the future space.

Organizations: Discovery Centre

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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