HMCS Sackville project merits grant, say city staff
City staff are recommending Halifax council tap into a municipal grants program to help bankroll a design competition hooked to a proposed covered berth and interpretative centre for an old navy ship.
The proposed $50,000 grant, tied to a planned enclosure and pavilion for HMCS Sackville, was given conditional approval in March. It’s on the agenda for regional council’s session Tuesday.
Councillors are expected to ratify their earlier approval, Coun. Tim Outhit (Bedford) said Friday.
Originally, the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust asked for $100,000 to go toward an international design contest for the proposed project. The trust is a non-profit volunteer organization focused on preserving HMCS Sackville, the last of Canada’s Second World War-era corvettes.
The decommissioned vessel, at the Halifax waterfront, has been a naval memorial since 1985. Outhit said the plan is “to actually enclose the ship before it deteriorates.”
A March 5 staff report says the design competition is to cost around $750,000. It says the project is expected to include “an enclosed seawater berth and adjacent interpretation pavilion” called Naval Memorial Hall.