Town interested in former RCMP office?

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AMHERST - Amherst is going to take a long look at whether it should acquire the former RCMP building on East Victoria Street. That doesn't mean it's going to buy it, though.
The town is asking Public Works and Government Services Canada for a 30-day extension to determine if it wants to take over ownership of the building that has been vacant since the Cumberland detachment of the RCMP moved to its new quarters in West Amherst in May 2005.
"We are asking for the extension so staff can properly evaluate whether the property might be suitable for a municipal purpose," Coun. Robert Angel said during council's January session last night. "During this period, staff can be directed to view the property and gather appropriate information such as lot size, building square footage, zoning issues and another information that may be necessary."
Council has three options for the former RCMP building including buying it from the federal government for town use, buying it from the government and then selling it or advising Public Works it has no interest.
The 4,336 square foot building was built about 50 years ago to house the Amherst RCMP office. The building was declared surplus following the detachment's move nearly three years ago, but the process of divestiture has taken longer than expected.
As part of the divestiture process, the property has been offered to both the federal and provincial levels of government.

Organizations: RCMP, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Geographic location: East Victoria Street, West Amherst

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  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 10:48

    The town has gotten by without the building all these years.It's purpose has been replaced by the new RCMP building.I can't for a second see why town officials would consider setting the town budget up for a money sucking pit.The town should insist that the building be torn down and the lot be developed for residential purposes...It must have lost it's non conforming status by now due to non usage. IN MY OPINION