CANU to lease space above Four Fa­thers Li­brary

Lit­er­acy or­ga­ni­za­tion has out­grown its present quar­ters

The Amherst News - - NEWS -

A new ten­ant has been found for the space above the Four Fa­thers Li­brary re­cently va­cated by the Amherst Po­lice Depart­ment.

The Cum­ber­land Adult Net­work for Up­grad­ing, also known as CANU, is en­ter­ing into an agree­ment with the town to lease the space above the li­brary at 21 Aca­dia St.

CANU re­quires its teach­ers and staff to be in one lo­ca­tion and has out­grown its space in the for­mer Na­tional Spe­cialty Build­ing on Vic­to­ria Street.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides lit­er­acy train­ing for adults has been look­ing at rental pos­si­bil­i­ties in the down­town since the sum­mer but has not been able to find a space big enough for an af­ford­able price.

The town had pre­vi­ously leased the space to the school board as its adult learn­ing site.

CANU will pay a monthly lease of $2,452 plus HST, or $29,434 an­nu­ally. The lease is for five years. The po­lice depart­ment used the space as its tem­po­rary home af­ter it was forced out of its Vic­to­ria Street lo­ca­tion by the fire at the neigh­bour­ing Wind­sor and Black Block build­ings in 2012.

The depart­ment moved into its new fa­cil­ity last month.

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