Town divesting surplus properties
© Eric Sparling – Amherst Daily News.
Amherst has found buyers for the former pumping station property in Warren and the old RCMP station on East Victoria Street.
AMHERST – Amherst has found a buyer for a pair of town-owned properties.
The province has agreed to purchase the pumping station property in Warren for $76,000 while the former RCMP station on East Victoria Street is being sold to John and Kitty Baxter for $46,000.
“The pumping station property has been listed for several years and this is the first time we’ve had a bona fide offer on the table,” town CAO Greg Herrett said. “The province intends to use the property for flood control along the Nappan River.”
Amherst declared the 40-hectare pumping station property vacant and put it up for sale in February 2010. The property, that includes a pond and a dam, has been idle for years. The fire department considered using the property as a training centre but abandoned the ide because of problems with vandalism and damage.
“The pumping station no longer served a municipal purpose other than for the annual fishing derby and we’re going to look for another venue for that,” Herrett said.
The sale includes four parcels of land. A fifth is being retained for use as a disposal site for trees with Dutch Elm Disease.
The province announced in October 2010 that it was joining forces with other organizations to study ways to control flooding in the Nappan River catchment area. At the time, the Department of Agriculture said it was assessing the aboiteau at Nappan as part of its maintenance program.
The announcement came after a July rainstorm forced the river to spill over its banks and flood pastures and farmlands in the Upper Nappan and Nappan areas.
There were concerns the town’s former reservoir at the pumping station and the dam were influencing water levels downstream.
There’s no indication how the province intends to use the pumping station property to control flooding, but there’s a possibility it could decommission the dam.
As for the RCMP station, Baxter has told the town he plans to redevelop the property as either a two or three-unit apartment complex.
The sale of the pumping station and RCMP station are the latest properties the town has sold as its works to divest itself of surplus properties. The RCMP station has been idle since the detachment moved to a new facility in West Amherst in 2005.
When the town bought the former RCMP property in 2011 for $37,000 it was considering its options for municipal uses while it bought the old Petro Canada station on Albion Street because it needed the front part of the property to widen the intersection. It recently sold the building and remaining property to Allan MacEachern for $25,000.