Former RCMP station remains vacant two years after detachment move
AMHERST - It will be sometime in 2008 before a new owner is found for the former RCMP detachment building in Amherst.
Darcy Truen from Public Works and Government Services Canada said the federal government has taken possession of the vacant building and it's presently going through the disposal process. How long that will take is anyone's guess.
"Right now it's being offered to other federal departments. From there it will go out to the province and municipal governments," Truen said Tuesday. "We don't have a time for that yet, but it will likely be early in the new year."
The 50-year-old building has been vacant since May 2005 when the Cumberland detachment moved into its new quarters in West Amherst.
After the move was complete, the RCMP declared the 4,336-square foot building surplus and turned it over to Public Works and Government Services. Truen is not sure why it has taken this long for the disposal process to begin, but he said it's now underway.
"We're following our due diligence. It has been circulated to the federal government," he said. "We're just making sure everything's fine including surveys and looking at any environmental concerns there may be. We're just making sure things are done appropriately."
One person hoping a new use is found for the property is veteran RCMP officer, Const. Paul Calder. Calder drives past the old building on his way to work and is afraid of what condition it's in.
"Anytime you get an old building like that that's left vacant you have to wonder what kind of condition it's in," Calder said. "Hopefully someone will do something with it rather than letting it sit there and allowing it to deteriorate."
When the building makes its way through federal and provincial circles, it's unlikely the Town of Amherst will have any use for it.
"At this present time we have no stated intention to take it over," town manager Greg Herrett said. "When the offer comes we'll sit down and see if there's any practical use we may have for it."