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24 Sussex: NCC to close longtime prime minister’s residence


The National Capital Commission is starting the method of closing 24 Sussex Drive, with work scheduled to start within the new 12 months to take away asbestos and ageing infrastructure within the historic Ottawa constructing.(*24*)


No one has lived on the prime minister’s official residence since 2015, and the constructing is in “vital” situation, in accordance to a 2021 report.(*24*)


In an announcement, the NCC stated it’s relocating residence staff and getting ready the primary constructing for abatement and different associated work.(*24*)


“Over the approaching weeks, the location can be closed to present simpler entry for correct planning of this work, which is able to embody the abatement of designated substances comparable to asbestos, in addition to the elimination of out of date mechanical, heating and electrical programs,” the NCC stated in an announcement.(*24*)


“Procurement for this undertaking will happen over the winter months to make sure the immediate begin of abatement work in Spring 2023. The work to be carried out as a part of this undertaking have to be accomplished no matter any future resolution on the residence.”(*24*)


A June 2021 report from the NCC stated it might price $36.6 million to restore 24 Sussex Drive to “good” situation.(*24*)


“The state of the asset is well-known, and dangers have been duly managed,” the NCC stated on Thursday. “Today, with constantly ageing and worsening supplies and programs, extra vital actions have to be taken to mitigate issues of nice concern comparable to potential hearth hazards, water injury and air high quality points.”(*24*)


While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his household have been residing at Rideau Cottage on the grounds of Rideau Hall since 2015, family workers workspace continues to be accommodated on the prime minister’s official residence.(*24*)


The NCC says the residence would stay closed till the federal authorities decides whether or not to restore or tear down and substitute the property.(*24*)


“The present undertaking is simply meant to perform the work that have to be addressed whatever the resolution taken on the way forward for the residence. In doing so, it is going to tackle the well being and security and asset integrity considerations recognized by the NCC,” an NCC spokesperson stated in an announcement to CTV News Ottawa.(*24*)


“The web site will stay closed till a authorities resolution is made on a everlasting answer for the way forward for the Prime Minister’s residence. The precise price of the work won’t be identified till the NCC completes its procurement course of.”(*24*)


24 Sussex Drive was inbuilt 1867. The one important constructing consists of 34 rooms, in addition to one other small dwelling at 10 Sussex Drive, a pool home and two RCMP guard homes.(*24*)


The 2021 report notes 24 Sussex Drive has not seen vital renovations in additional than 60 years and requires “intensive and pressing restore”.(*24*)


The 73-page report states the prime minister’s residence was “not purpose-built as a completely functioning official residence”, including the constructing has no universally accessible entrances or washrooms, the kitchen is just not acceptable to serve official capabilities. and the eating room is simply too small for state or official dinners.(*24*)


“The constructing programs at 24 Sussex Drive have reached the purpose of imminent or precise failure and require alternative,” the report stated.(*24*)


“The age and situation of {the electrical} programs poses a fireplace hazard, and the plumbing programs have failures frequently. The constructing has no everlasting air-con system; window air conditioners are run in each room in the summertime, which poses a safety danger and is disruptive and expensive.”(*24*)


The report stated continuing with building on the primary residence would first require the abatement of hazardous supplies, together with asbestos, lead and mold, and inspecting the doable retention of heritage parts.(*24*)


Building a brand new official residence at 24 Sussex Drive is estimated to price $40 million, in accordance to the 2021 report.(*24*)

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