The province announced the purchase of the CBC/Radio-Canada building on Bell Road in Halifax, today, Nov. 2, as part of the QEII redevelopment project.
"With the CBC/Radio Canada building's close proximity to the Halifax Infirmary, it made sense to pursue the purchase as we move forward with the redevelopment project," said Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. "The purchase of this building will provide options for the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site."
The purchase price of $4.5 million includes the building, and about two acres of land with a parking lot that has 93 spaces.
"With the move into the facility on Mumford Road in November 2014 and the sale of the Sackville building in June 2014, the Bell Road deal completes our Halifax integration initiative," said Hubert Lacroix, CBC/Radio-Canada's President and CEO. "Moving from outdated owned properties into modern leased facilities allows us to better manage our expenditures while continuing to create quality multiplatform content."
Mr. Lacroix said CBC/Radio Canada is committed to continuing to work with DHX Media on the production of the TV series This Hour Has 22 Minutes which is currently filmed at the Bell Road location. A license agreement allows CBC/Radio Canada to continue using a portion of the building and parking lot until June 30, 2018, for the production of the show.
The province and Nova Scotia Health Authority will have the option to use the rest of the building to house components of the QEII redevelopment project. This may include temporary site offices and mock up areas to test the new design of work areas, like operating rooms.