Building could be demolished
Amherst is considering its options with the former Petro-Canada station on the corner of Albion and Church Street.
AMHERST – The former Petro Canada service station is a step closer to being demolished.
Amherst has declared the property at the corner of Church and Albion Street surplus to its needs and is calling for expressions of interest on its future use. If there are no submissions, Mayor Robert Small expects it will be demolished.
“Council wants to see if there’s any interest from the public with respect to developing that property. If we receive a proposal that is not what we want, the second decision will be to demolish it,” Small said.
The town purchased the vacant property from Suncor Energy in 2011 for $85,000 as part of the Centre First Downtown Action Strategy. The front part of the property was removed so the town could widen the intersection to include new signage as well as trees and green space in front of the Cumberland YMCA.
It was suggested several years ago that the town take over the property and use it as a downtown tourist bureau and a place for local artists to showcase their work. Small said that could still happen, but at a different location. He said the amount of money required to fix the building up would not make it financially viable.
“We haven’t lost the thought of a tourist bureau, but I think the town hall is large enough to accommodate some of that,” he said. “It costs money to look after and maintain buildings and we have to be watchful of that.”