A development agreement that will allow changes to a business at 150 Victoria St. E. was given second reading by Amherst town council when it met on Feb. 25.
The development agreement will allow the property owner to convert the current 15-unit motel with one dwelling unit to a 10-unit motel with six dwelling units.
Council’s approval came after staff indicated the proposal conforms to the town’s municipal planning strategy and land-use bylaws and was recommended by the Planning Advisory Committee.
Amherst wouldn’t be the kind and caring community it is without volunteers like Shelley E. Carroll and Aaron Froese, Mayor David Kogon said on Feb. 25.
“Both Shelley and Aaron exemplify what it means to be a volunteer. They and many other volunteers make Amherst a great place to live, work and play,” Kogon said, after it was announced Carroll and Froese would represent the community at the provincial government’s annual volunteer recognition ceremony scheduled for Halifax on April 1.
Carroll will represent the town as the Adult Volunteer of the Year, while Froese is the town’s Youth Volunteer of the Year.
John P. (Jack) Matthews, a longtime Amherst businessman, community volunteer and former town councillor has died.
“On behalf of town council, town staff and our citizens, I would like to offer our condolences to his wife, Jean, and his family,” Mayor David Kogon said. “Jack’s contribution to the town through his volunteer capacity, his business, Pridham’s Books and China, and as an Amherst town councillor is legendary. He took great pride in the Town of Amherst and always put his community first. He truly helped to make Amherst a great place to live, work and play."
Matthews served on town council from Jan. 13, 1964, until 1971. During that period, he served as the town’s deputy-mayor in 1966 and 1967.
His obituary can be found at bit.ly/2DGr3dJ.
Amherst’s historic train station has a new lease on life.
On Jan. 29, Town of Amherst officials, VIA Rail officials and Jeff Bembridge of J.E. Bembridge Enterprises signed five agreements that will result in Bembridge developing a restaurant in the station.
The agreements will see the town purchase the 111-year-old station, which was closed in 2012, as well as a portion of Station Street and the adjacent parking lots from Via Rail. The town in turn will rent the property to Bembridge via a five-year, lease-to-purchase agreement that will see ownership of the station turned over to Bembridge at the conclusion of the deal.