Request made to delist BMO building as historic

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AMHERST – Moving forward on finding new life for the former Bank Of Montreal building downtown Amherst, a request has been made for the property to be de-listed as a historical building.

Former BMo building

Amherst’s Chief Administrative Officer Greg Herrett reported the mayor made application to the province at the request of council to de-register the building, but the application should not be misinterpreted as a date with the wrecking ball.

“It was done so we can keep all of our options in front of us,” Herrett said.

Historical designations, while honouring a building’s significance, also comes with restrictions and while the Town of Amherst is looking for new ideas for the building they don’t want anyone to be excluded.

Presently, the town has not heard back from the province on its application.

The Town of Amherst will be holding an open house and information session of sorts on Wed, Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and again from 4 to 6 p.m., where they will open the door of the building for people to peer in and offer their ideas and input into what can be done with the building.

“Hopefully we’ll get some good suggestions,” Herrett said. “But right now, no decision has been made by council on the building.”

 

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  • Dale Ferdinand
    December 03, 2013 - 16:03

    I think down town Amherst has changed enough. It does not look anything like in its day. Let the building stay as it is.