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Afghan War Memorial looking for a location again

NCC balks at site near the war museum.

Canadian soldiers help a comrade, center, get on a helicopter after he was injured in an IED blast during a patrol outside Salavat, in the Panjwayi district, southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Monday, June 7, 2010.

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Canadian soldiers help a comrade, center, get on a helicopter after he was injured in an IED blast during a patrol outside Salavat, in the Panjwayi district, southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Monday, June 7, 2010.

The government is taking a second look to find a home for the Afghan War Memorial after the National Capital Commission raised concerns about the plan to place it beside the Canadian War Museum.

The NCC was asked to approve the proposed location in September, but balked, and board members asked staff to look for an alternate location. Among those who felt the war museum was an inapproriate place for the memorial was the museum's original architect.

At their latest board meeting, the commission’s CEO Mark Kristmanson said they took their concerns to the departments of Heritage and Veteran’s Affairs and they’re having another look.

“Our understanding is that as a result of those they will bring back a new proposal,” he said.

Metro reached out to both ministers’ offices, but did not hear back before press time about how they plan to identify a new site.

The memorial has already had two sites selected for it. The first was at Richmond’s Landing near, the Mill Street Brewery—which some veterans thought was too far away—and the second being on the site of the war museum.

Metro previously reported that either of those sites would take years to actually see a completed memorial.

The government has estimated it would take 45 months to build at Richmond Landing and 52 months at the war museum. Those estimates were a minimum once a site had been selected.

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