The Brigadier Murphy Armoury has been part of Vernon's landscape since before the First World War.

The Brigadier Murphy Armoury has been part of Vernon's landscape since before the First World War.

Politicians want armoury saved

Local politicians want to protect a heritage building from the wrecking ball

Local politicians want to protect a heritage building from the wrecking ball.

The Department of National Defence is reviewing future needs for the almost 103-year-old Brigadier Murphy Armoury and demolition is a possibility.

“I am going to have a discussion with them,” said Akbal Mund, Vernon mayor.

Mund insists there would be a significant loss to Vernon if the armoury was demolished.

“There is the heritage value but it could still be used by cadets for their programs,” he said, adding that other community activities could also occur there.

Mund also says that if the option arose, the city could possibly consider taking over the building.

The armoury is listed in the Vernon heritage registry adopted by city council in 2000.

However, it is not designated as a municipal heritage site by bylaw and the city could not legally prevent demolition from occurring.

The armoury opened in September 1913 and was built on land donated by the City of Vernon.

Mel Arnold, North Okanagan-Shuswap MP, is also reviewing the department’s process about the armoury.

“It’s a historic building and it’s important that we have some of these buildings around as a reminder for our young people,” said Arnold.

“There was a reason for these buildings in our past.”

Arnold says there may be a need for the department to consult with the public before any decisions on the armoury are made.