Nova Scotia

Wrecking ball will aim at Shannon Park buildings

Shannon Park, which used to be a thriving navy community and home to military families, now sits abandoned, and is becoming a liability for the Department of National Defence.

The once-thriving Shannon Park navy community is becoming a liability for the Department of National Defence.

The navy now wants parts of it demolished.

"We're going to take down seven buildings in Shannon Park — there's two chapels, a Sunday school and four garages, they're all old wooden buildings that we're worried might burn down," said Capt. Brian Santarpia, commander of CFB Halifax.

"We're going to take them down because they're a little bit of a liability as they are now," said Santarpia."We have a fence around it and try to keep it as secure as possible, but because we're not using it all the time, people do tend to break in."

The navy abandoned Shannon Park in 2004. Since then, many of the 480 apartments' windows and doors have been boarded up or broken.

Although it's no longer in use the former community, across the A. Murray MacKay Bridge in Dartmouth, is still a part of the CFB Halifax defence complex.

Buildings were constructed in the1950s to fix a housing shortage for navy personnel and their families following the Second World War.

Some of the buildings have become targets for vandals, someone even attempted to burn down a former chapel.

The navy isn't immediately concerned about tearing down the concrete living quarters, because they don't have the same risk as the wooden buildings.

There are 42.5 hectars of land that the defence department is preparing to turn over the federal goverment's real estate agency.

It will eventually be sold.

In November, Shannon Park land was valued at a maximum of $3.1 million, according to a report commissioned by the Department of National Defence and obtained by CBC News.

A tender worth $252,000 has been put out for demolition bids.

The demolition work is expected to begin in a few months.