Ships Landing property lures prospective buyers

Ashley Thompson
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Ships Landing, in Hantsport, has been vacant for several months now.

Potential buyers have been touring the former Ships Landing building in Hantsport.

The closed convenience store, previously owned by Wyatt Forrest, is in receivership. The Hants-Kings Community Business Development Corporation acquired the property, located on 34 William Street, in the fall of 2011.

Jennifer Allen, of MacKay Real Estate Ltd., says the 90-year-old building has been considered for a variety of retail ventures since it went back on the market at the end of November.

“There certainly have been people looking at it; it’s an interesting building,” Allen said in an interview Jan. 6.

“It has a fabulous heating system, one of which I’ve never seen the likes of… before.”

The vacant building, listed at $54,900, has attracted individuals looking to open a woodworking shop, rental units and a used clothing store, but no formal offers have been made.

Allen says the property is for sale as is, where is. She says the structure’s leaky roof is in dire need of new shingles, but all of the windows have been replaced and a lot of money was invested in the hot water heating system.

She says the previous owner gutted the upper level apartment unit with the intent to open a restaurant or bistro.

“There’s just all sorts of potential for that property,” Allen said.

“I think that it’s a great opportunity for somebody with some entrepreneurial spirit and with some imagination to put some life into a unique old building.”


Organizations: Hants-Kings Community Business Development, MacKay Real Estate

Geographic location: Hantsport, 34 William Street

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