By Naoibh O’Connor / Vancouver Courier
South Vancouver’s aging fire hall No. 17 will be knocked down and replaced with Canada’s first fire hall built to Passive House standards.
The new energy-efficient building on Knight Street at 55th Avenue is expected to open mid-2019. It will be more than double the size of the old building and will also serve as a post-disaster citywide emergency hub in the event of an information technology network breakdown.
Part of the funding — a $300,000 grant and $2,000,000 loan — is coming from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund (GMF).
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the GMF in 2000. The current Liberal government recently topped it up by $125 million.
The latest round of funding was announced at a Feb. 9 press conference at the fire hall, which revealed the GMF is providing a total of $5 million towards loans and grants for green initiatives in eight communities across B.C.
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