The Lt.-Col. JP Fell Armoury in North Vancouver is set to get $1.4 million in refurbishments following a funding announcement from the federal government.
North Vancouver MP Andrew Saxton visited the historic armoury on Forbes Avenue on Monday to announce the Department of National Defence would pay for a new roof, boilers, sprinkler system and upgrades to the mess hall for the 1914 building.
Vancouver’s Beatty, Seaforth and Bessborough armouries will also be receiving upgrades valued at $5.1 million. The work will be carried out over the next two years.
Most of the buildings were built in the first half of the last century. Despite their age, the facilities “remain vital to the readiness and operation” of the armed forces, Saxton said. “Also because (the Fell Armoury) is used on a regular basis by both 39 Combat Engineers Regiment as well as the cadets. It’s an important building in
North Vancouver and, because of its age, it’s time to have an update so it can last another 101 years,” he said.
The last upgrade was in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics when the armoury received a new floor.