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Asbestos at Mendel building delays renovations for Children’s Discovery Museum

Asbestos delays renovations at the old Mendel building for the new Children’s Discovery Museum. Vytai Brannan / Global News

The Children’s Discovery Museum is facing a delay after asbestos was found at the old Mendel building, which is the future site of the museum.

A report presented to a city committee on Monday said that asbestos removal will take about five months, and cost an extra $700,000.

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That will push the total cost of renovations to about $9.6 million.

The museum is raising $3-million on its own and has applied for federal funding through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for the remainder.

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The museum is now expected to open in the fall of 2018.

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