There could soon be federal dollars on the way for the new home of the New Brunswick Museum.
The province has already committed $50 million for the project on the former Coast Guard site in Saint John.
No federal dollars have been announced yet, but Saint John-Rothesay MP Wayne Long tells our newsroom that will hopefully change very soon.
“Federal money normally doesn’t come until there’s a design and an address,” said Long. “Up until recently, there really wasn’t a design and an address.”
Long said the application is in and he hopes to announce “substantial” federal money before the end of the year.
“There’s discussions that are taking place, basically every day, as to what buckets, what departments we’re going to,” he said.
The preliminary designs were unveiled earlier this week and Long says he was awestruck by them, adding this will be a transformational project for Saint John and all of southern New Brunswick.
Building demolition is expected to begin on the former Coast Guard site within a couple of weeks and the new museum is expected to open its doors to the public in the fall of 2023.