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Region to invest money to repair Kitchener's Cold War bunker

The restoration work will cost just under $700,000, but needs official approval with the 2022 budget
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Regional council has endorsed a move to make emergency repairs to the Cold War bunker in Kitchener.

The repairs will cost just under $700,000, pending approval during the 2022 budget process.

The bunker, built in 1966 at the height of the Cold War, is in need of weatherproofing and stabilizing to avoid further deterioration.

Meantime, a recent survey conducted on what to do with the bunker moving forward shows about 66 per cent of people have some ideas, while about 20 per cent said it should be demolished.

The survey had about a thousand responses, with some of the future use ideas including a museum, a community meeting space, a tourist attraction or park/trail amenities.

A long-term project wouldn't start until 2023, but officials estimate a rehabilitation project to be in the range of four to four and a half million dollars, with an operating cost of about $200,000 annually.

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