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Former Thorold fire station to be converted into hub for artifacts

Former Thorold fire station to be converted into hub for artifacts

THOROLD, ONT. — Historical artifacts in Thorold, Ont. will get a modernized space by converting a retired fire station into an energy efficient, climate-controlled cultural hub.

The project is made possible thanks to a joint investment of more than $7.8 million from the federal and municipal governments.

Fire Station 1 is moving to a brand-new facility which will leave a vacant facility that will be home to the Thorold Historical Museum and Cultural Centre. The former fire hall will act as a catalyst for future investment and interest in Thorold’s downtown and become an important meeting place for the community, indicates a release.

The redesign of the facility will both increase comfort and usability and honour its past as a fire hall.

Funding will support site works that include accessible improvements such as a new elevator and barrier-free modifications to meet the highest accessibility standards. Major updates to the exterior of the building will improve insulation, prevent leaks and enhance energy efficiency.

The building will also receive a new HVAC system that will support heating and cooling and also control humidity levels in the building to ensure the ideal preservation of the historic artifacts that will be on display.

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