Amherst train station closer to reality
The sale of Amherst’s historic train station is getting closer.
Amherst Mayor Dr. David Kogon said the town has learned the federal Privy Council o ce has issued an order in council approving the sale of the Via Rail station to Amherst.
Amherst will then lease the station to Je Bembridge for a period of ve years at which time he will take ownership of the building.
“We’re very pleased to hear that this major hurdle has been cleared and we’re looking forward to working with Je (Bembridge) and VIA to hopefully bring this development to reality,” the mayor said in a news released Monday.
Kogon said the decision has been many months in the making and is welcome news.
Last September, the town entered into a number of conditional agreements with Via Rail Canada and JE Bembridge Enterprises that would eventually see Bembridge taking possession of and redeveloping the property into a restaurant facility.
Kogon said town sta are now in the process of following up with Via and Bembridge to take the sale process to the next step and, hopefully, a conclusion.
Bembridge expressed frustration in July at how long it was taking for the federal government to approve sale because he feels he’s lost another year of construction.
His plan includes moving Bambino’s Pizzeria into the former train station along with another business venture.
Under the terms of the deal, Amherst will pay the federal government $1 for the building and install a new boiler. Bembridge will pay $1,083 a month over ve years.
Via will maintain space at the station for its customers and its technology while also maintaining signage.