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Experimental farm building to be demolished this weekend

The abandoned Sir John Carling Building on the Central Experimental Farm will be torn down Sunday.

The structure, which served as the headquarters for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada from 1967 to 2009, will be demolished early that morning with explosives and there will be several road closures in the area as a precaution.

The 11-storey building has two basement levels and a floor area of more than 40,000 square metres.

It was recognized as a federal heritage building in 2004, but it was decided in June 2012 that the structure would be demolished.

AIM Waste Management Inc. was awarded a $4.8-million contract in January 2013 to deconstruct the building.

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