Amherst's downtown on right trace

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - The chair of the Downtown Amherst Revitalization Society agrees that more can be done to enhance the downtown core, but that should not mean re-inventing the wheel.

Responding to a presentation from Downtown Moncton-Centre Ville Inc.s Daniel Allain, Beth Munroe said a lot of what he suggested has already been done here and feels that comparing Moncton to Amherst simply wont work because of the size of both communities.

I think were already on the right track towards having a vibrant and active downtown, Munroe said. Downtown Amherst is at a different stage than Moncton and were dealing with a different set of challenges.

Still, that doesnt mean DARS wont be part of the process should the town and other stakeholders come together to create a vision for the downtown. Shes concerned that, like other reports, it could sit on a shelf somewhere because there wont be the political will to implement it.

A lot of those things have already been done. A lot of people have already gone out and gathered information that ended up sitting on a shelf, she said. I wouldnt want that to happen again.

DARS, she said, is already working towards improving the downtown core and is working in conjunction with the town to beautify the area while the ongoing mural project and the Tantramar Theatre have brought cultural activities to the area.

Organizations: Downtown Amherst Revitalization Society, Tantramar Theatre

Geographic location: Amherst, Moncton

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