The Yukon government is moving forward with the replacement of another community RCMP detachment in the territory.
A project proposal for replacement of the Faro detachment has been filed with the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board.
Demolition of the 49-year-old detachment and construction of the new building is scheduled to begin this summer or fall, with completion set for the summer of 2022.
Sandy Watson, the strategic business and communication manager with the RCMP, explained Monday the estimated cost is $5.5 million, with 70 per cent to be covered by the Yukon government and 30 per cent to paid by Ottawa.
“The building is just old and worn out, and its days have come and gone,” Watson explained.
The RCMP are also planning to begin the demolition and replacement of the Carcross detachment this year.
Watson noted assessments conducted on detachments several years ago identified four that were in need of replacement, with Faro being the number one priority on the list. The detachments in Haines Junction and Beaver Creek were also identified as being in need of replacement, he said.
The new Faro headquarters is estimated at 214 square metres, or 2,303 square feet.
During construction, the Ross River detachment will be used to accommodate any need to lock up prisoners.
There are two officers currently stationed in Faro.
The building will be built to federal net-zero emission standards with the use of solar panels on the roof and geothermal as a heat source.
It will be built on the same site using modular construction units.
It’s estimated replacement will take six to nine months.
Watson said there are other detachments being looked at currently for replacement, such as the Old Crow detachment.