Amherst announces tentative deal to buy historic train station

The Mayor of Amherst says a tentative deal has been reached with VIA Rail to buy the town’s historic rail station, which closed in 2012.

In a news release, David Kogon says they've received a draft agreement from VIA and council will be taking steps within the next two weeks to seal the deal.

Once purchased, the town says it will rent the station to Bembridge through a five-year, lease-to-purchase agreement.

Bembridge plans on placing an existing take-out restaurant in one part of the station and developing a new family restaurant in another part of the station.

A number of legal matters still need to be completed, including the filing of a survey with the Nova Scotia Land Registry and a formal approval of the deal by council.