Former Enheat site sold
AMHERST - A little over a week after it was put on the market, there's a new owner for the former industrial property near downtown Amherst that was once among the most polluted sites in Nova Scotia.
The Daily News has learned that Amherst automobile dealer Doug Polley is the new owner of the 13-hectare former Enheat site.
Polley, 69, confirmed last night that his offer to purchase the property had been accepted and that he hopes to develop the property into a commercial venture.
Polley did not divulge the purchase price, but the property had been listed with Coldwell Banker at an asking price of $49,900.
"I know it (the building) is an eyesore, but it is structurally sound," said Polley, who says he plans to paint the building and repair the roof. He doesn't plan to demolish the structure.
Asked if he had any commercial plans for the property, Polley said he didn't have any definite projects at the moment.
"Don't look for any major work to take place this winter," he said.
Polley and son, Douglas Jr., operate one of the county's most successful used car dealerships under the name of D.R. Polley Used Cars on South Albion Street.
An avid standardbred horse owner, Polley jokingly suggested that the old building could certainly stable a good number of race horses.
Speaking earlier Monday, Amherst town manager Greg Herrett said he had heard the rumour someone was interested in purchasing the industrial. He's hoping the new owner will restore it so that it can be used commercially or for some other use.
"It would make much more sense for someone to do something with that property than for us as a town and a council to try to come up with a project to put there," Herrett said.
Amherst did have an opportunity to purchase the property when Ottawa declared the former industrial site a surplus property and offered it to the province and the town.
As per the terms of the listing, Polley is likely purchasing the property in an as is, where is condition with no warranties or representations by the present owner, the Government of Canada.
The property has been vacant since 1993 when IMP Aerospace, the last tenant there, left for new quarters in the industrial park. Since then, it has been the scene of successive cleanups by both the provincial and federal levels of government that included demolishing all the buildings except one - which is still being used by IMP for storage.
In 2003, the federal government announced the cleanup had been completed to the point it could be used as an industrial site. A further cleanup was done removing additional chemicals from the property.
(With files from Doug Harkness)