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Reserve armouries were perfectly suited for the housing of the units that existed when the armories were built. They had all the QM and weapon stores needed, enough space for drill - both ceremonial and battle - all the necessary space for the low level of administration needed by units in those days, maybe even a maintenance facility for the half dozen or so vehicles a battalion had, lecture rooms and yes, a few messes.Yes. Reserve armouries, almost without exception, are very very dated buildings generally build to house more social clubs that training facilities. One could make a strong argument, for example, to shut down both of them in Edmonton and have the reserve regiments use the enormous LTF and TAPV barn. Hell 41 service could do weekend shifts at 1 Svc.
Our use of those spaces over the last half century has changed dramatically and few of the buildings could be adequately upgraded in a way to make them more suitable.
Moss Park is a bad example because it is a relatively new armoury (1965) but was stressed almost the moment it was built by having to house four battalion sized units and, while it has an underground garage, its adjacent footprint for both military and civilian parking is almost entirely absent. Bad, bad planning caused by too many politicians and senior retired and serving officers in the pie.
I always thought that the divestiture of Downsview was stupid. I have the same opinion about the divestiture of CFB Calgary. I'm a firm follower of John Jacob Astor's:
Buy on the fringe and wait. Buy land near a growing city! Buy real estate when other people want to sell. Hold what you buy.
You'll never, ever have the opportunity to rebuy land in or very near a city at an economical price. If you don't have a use for it now, turn it into a cow pasture and rent it out to an urban farmer on a year-to-year lease. Someday you'll need a big patch of land in the city. If you already have it - you're golden.