Amherst has found a new owner for the former Peto Canada service station on the corner of Albion and Church Street.
AMHERST – A new owner has been found for the former Petro-Canada property on the corner of Albion and Church Street.
Amherst has agreed to sell the property at 85 Church St. to Allan MacEachern for $25,000. MacEachern will use the building for an insurance office.
The town received one other reply to its request for proposals, coming from Warren Chapman. Chapman offered $1 and planned to use the building as a barber school.
MacEachern’s bid indicated construction would begin in the spring with completion by the fall. Chapman’s bid had construction beginning in the fall with occupancy next June.
Under the sale, the town has the first right of refusal should MacEachern decide to sell the property within a year.
Amherst purchased the Petro Canada 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 and trees and a green space in front of the YMCA.
Former town councillor Robert Angel had suggested several years ago that the town use the building as a tourist information centre and a place for local artists to showcase their work.