Following a series of false starts, the Royal Canadian Legion in Kensington has signed a deal that will give it a new look.

The new plan will see the Legion trade a large piece of land for a new building on the western edge of the property.

Truman Development Corporation, the developer for the Legion’s property, will be turning the rest of the land into a mix of commercial and residential space.

The current Legion building is about 15,000 square feet and is mostly vacant.

Officials with the Legion say the deal is a very good one for them. “It’s a very good day. It’s a day of absolute joy, absolute joy,” says Mark Barham, with the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 264. “You can’t say enough about it. I’ve had many sleepless nights over the course of the past week and a half or so. But, I will tell you that I slept soundly last night and I look forward to another sound sleep tonight.”

The new building will be about half the size of the old one.

Plans for it, which are still in the early stages, will have to be approved by city council.

Truman says the new Legion should be open by the end of 2016.