Station’s only tenant leaves

Eric Sparling
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Amherst's historic train station is now empty

Amherst's historic train station is now empty after Hairstyles by Ryan relocated.

AMHERST – The train station is empty. Hairstyles by Ryan closed its location at the heritage building April 26, relocating to the owner’s home on LaPlanche Street.

“It’s still a separate section of my home,” said Ryan Beattie.

The salon owner anticipated having to vacate the premises at the start of May, but made inquiries with Via Rail about staying beyond that date. He was given notice five days before the start of May he’d be allowed to continue his occupancy of the location through the summer until September – at a higher rental rate – but by then had already made plans to move.

“It didn’t end on a bad note…,” he said.

Beattie thinks the delayed response was likely just a product of the multiple levels of bureaucracy at the crown corporation.

There was a lack of support from the community and lack of urgency from politicians to see something constructive done with the site, according to the stylist, although he said people love the building. 

“Now that train station is totally vacant,” he said.

The heritage building stopped functioning as a train station Oct. 27. The building opened in 1906 to service the Inter-Colonial Railway. The salon was located in the building for about two years.

esparling@amherstdaily.com

Twitter: @ADNsparling

 

Organizations: Via Rail, Inter-Colonial Railway

Geographic location: LaPlanche Street

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  • Rick Harper
    May 06, 2013 - 08:14

    "What a shame.' It would be my suggestion that a restaurant be located in this building.