September 5-12, 2005

Environmental remediation to begin in portions of Grace Hospital

ST JOHN'S, NFLD- Power Vac Services/Enviro Clean (Nfld), of Mount Pearl, has been awarded a $1.5-million contract to carry out environmental remediation in portions of the former Grace Hospital in St John's. The work will focus on the 1920s and 1950s portions of the former hospital and will include removal of asbestos. Transportation and Works Minister Tom Rideout said that following the environmental remediation process, these portions of the hospital will be demolished. "The 1920s and 1950s portions of the hospital are in no condition to be further developed. They are not economically viable for re-use," he explained, adding that demolishing these sections will save money by eliminating the heating costs currently associated with the building. The environmental remediation process will begin during September and should be completed by the end of November. Tenders for completion of the demolition of these portions of the former hospital will be called within a few weeks. The provincial budget for 2005 allocated $5.4 million for demolition of buildings, including the environmental remediation of portions of the Grace.

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