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NCC approves $630K transformation of vacant Victoria Island warehouse

The National Capital Commission board has approved a $630,000 plan to restore a stone warehouse on Victoria Island as part of a plan to create "Confederation pavilions" for Canada's 150th birthday.

Part of plan to convert 'unique and underused buildings' into 'Confederation pavilions' for Canada's 150t

A rendering of a what a renovated 150 Middle Street on Victoria Island would look like. (courtesy of NCC)

The National Capital Commission board has approved a $630,000 plan to restore a stone warehouse on Victoria Island as part of a plan to create "Confederation pavilions" for Canada's 150th birthday.

The plan includes establishing a partnership with First Nations with ties to the land on the Ottawa River near the Chaudière Falls.

Built in 1880, the building was acquired by the NCC in 1961. It was briefly the headquarters for the Bronson Company before it was leased to the Royal Canadian Navy for 40 years. The building, which has been vacant since 2008, requires major work, including new electrical and mechanical systems, basement infill and a new roof.

The board voted in favour of the project after hearing an update on the NCC's plans to transform its "unique and underused buildings" into pavilions in 2017 to celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial anniversary of Confederation.

During the update, the NCC announced the newly constructed building at 7 Clarence Street will become the International Pavilion in February 2017, with 12 different diplomatic missions taking turns occupying the space over the course of the year.

Though plans for the building after 2017 have yet to be announced, the board heard it will not become a restaurant.

Other so-called Confederation pavilions will include Strutt House, Moore Farm Estates and the Rideau Hall Winter Pavilion.

'Beautifying the capital'

A major part of the NCC's plan to mark the 2017 celebrations is "legacy initiatives" for the capital, including developing a 50-year plan, a 10-year "illumination" plan and a "beautifying the capital" initiative.

The NCC has also committed to allowing major festivities on its lands for Canada's 150th birthday.

Events already announced include the 2017 Red Bull Crashed Ice, an ice cross championship race to take place near the Rideau Canal locks, Château Laurier and Major's Hill Park next March.

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