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Deep Fried Kudzu: The Swallowed Anchor Gets Swallowed By A Developer
The house will not survive, but Westbay development manager Mark Lindholm says he wants to salvage much of the handiwork for inclusion in a folk-art park.
Lest he wants to be thought a scurvy dog.
Two of Esquimalt's most ...
Two of Esquimalt's most prominent businesspeople, Carleton Club owner Brent Patriquin and West Bay Marine Village's Mark Lindholm, approached council with plans for an upscale liquor store in Esquimalt Plaza last week.
That office space is slated for use as a corporate headquarters for a string of food and liquor outlets Patriquin and Lindholm
intend to one day oversee through a company called Canadian Liquor Cabinet Ltd.
Coun. Hy Freedman had some issues with the suggested operating hours extending to 11 p.m., seven days per week, and strongly favoured a closing time concurrent with existing merchants.Coun. Ruth Layne expressed considerable reservations.She
said the proposal violated a policy passed last year mandating a minimum distance of 200 metres between liquor licence holders.
West Bay Marina proprietor Mark ...
West Bay Marina proprietor Mark Lindholm may be able to relax shortly, if all goes well with plans to create a floathome community along with a tourist-oriented bed-and-breakfast facility along with a pub and restaurant.
If all goes as Mark Lindholm
predicts, the face of West Bay will change significantly in the year to come. Lindholm
, proprietor of the West Bay Marina, gained a one-year extension on a development permit for his
ambitious upscaling of West Bay Marina. Completely rebuilt docks will be complete at the end of April and fully functional by the end of May, said Lindholm
.Then the first of a series of upscale floathomes will be put into place. "This is the summer that people will see that happening," said Lindholm
. The new floathomes will range in size from 1,200 to 1,800 square feet, with a value exceeding $250,000.The push to for more floathomes has been spurred by the searing hot prices of conventional housing. "The real estate market has been very helpful.The cost of waterfront property has gone up dramatically," said Lindholm
."While (this is) an expensive form of housing, it's not as expensive as we used to be in relation to other waterfront housing." The first move towards rebuilding West Bay property started eight years ago.Lindholm
attributed much of the slowdown to delays caused by federal bodies like the Ministry of the Environment and the Department of Transport
. Lindholm senses the project is in its final stages, and eagerly awaits the creation of what he
styles as a completely new community. "We are very much pioneering a new form of housing, a new form of living" that hasn't been done in this area, he
said. The new homes bring promise of greater taxes for the municipality.The homes themselves are subject to municipal tax, as is the land that services them. While the floathome component of the West Bay development moves forward, Lindholm's dream of a large-scale tourist facility on land is little more than a foundation. "We've been trying to get financing to build our inn, pub and restaurant, and quite frankly, that's not available at a rate and terms that make it viable." In order to complete the approximately 15,500-square-foot, three storey bed-and-breakfast facility, Lindholm
has to find other investors. The bed-and-breakfast idea has already been tested - albeit in a novel manner, with an on-the-water suite formed from a converted floathome. For that reason, Lindholm
now entertains thoughts of building more waterfront bed-and-breakfast units and expanding the facility onto land. "If it's going to happen, it's going to happen this year," he
said."There's a lot of demand for tourist facilities.It's a cozy, waterfront inn, and there's not many of those in Victoria." Esquimalt Mayor Darwin Robinson hopes Lindholm's plans succeed. "He's
started upgrading his
docks and they're now serviced properly.That's a big investment to get it that far." Robinson praised Lindholm
for completely changing the face of West Bay and the anticipated improvements to come. "I see that as rejuvenating that whole area down there.It will really be an upscale area (of Esquimalt.)" One of the main benefits of the West Bay project, said Robinson, is that it adds to the municipal tax base without affecting any available land. Whatever Lindholm
does with the bed-and-breakfast plan, former president of the West Bay Residents' Association
Boyd Pyper hopes the community will have some say in shaping the outcome.
And while Mark Lindholm, of ...
And while Mark Lindholm, of West Bay Investments Ltd., has made some progress he has to admit he's behind schedule. Lindholm says there are reasons for that.
is quite right to state, as he
does in his
letter to the editor on page 8, that the 21st century had come calling for the float-home community.There was government pressure to upgrade the standards of the vessels and the marina for safety and environmental concerns.If this project didn't force the marina's residents to make some tough choices, something else eventually would. Lindholm also seems to be upset with the reporter for speaking to representatives from the West Bay Residents Association.
Why?Even the municipality forwards concerns it has about West Bay
to the WBRA
to help get a read on what residents want. Still, the truth remains that Lindholm's vision of West Bay
was bought by the community, through its council of the day, resulting in tearful good-byes to people who had formed part of the fabric of Esquimalt
. Perhaps Lindholm
was expecting a feel-good story on the two modern float-homes that have finally taken their place in the marina.Perhaps when those homes are joined by a few more, and a community re-emerges, there will be a story about Esquimalt's newest neighbourhood.And it won't depend on whether Lindholm
has still "washed his
hands" of this paper.
"The commercial building is on hold ...
"The commercial building is on hold for the moment while we sort out the various tenants, which has been a bit of a challenge," says Mark Lindholm, owner and developer of the Westbay Marine Village. He says the challenge of finding tenants to operate the yet-to-be-built hotel, pub and restaurant complex stems from the fact the service industry is currently in a slump. "We're still trying to get that sorted out and we're anxious to get moving on it.But the tenants have to be solidly financed before we go ahead," says Lindholm. When the plan to develop the marina was at the proposal stage, there was someone who did commit to operating the pub.Now it's not clear whether that person is still in a position to meet that objective. "He's still interested in going ahead but he's having difficulties raising the necessary financing," Lindholm says. With those delays, Lindholm says he can't give a timeline for construction of the hotel, pub, restaurant and retail space. The previous council gave the green light to Lindholm's proposal to develop the marina at West Bay in March 2001.Council made the decision following a packed public hearing, where many residents in the West Bay area voiced their disapproval of a pub operating late into the night in the neighbourhood. At the time, Lindholm was optimistic construction of the project would begin in September 2001. Lindholm says one part of the plan for Westbay Village is gradually starting to come together.The plan calls for up to 40 luxury float-homes to become part of the marina.One of those brand-new float-homes is already in place and another is on its way to West Bay from Campbell River, says Lindholm.
The second floating "show" home is expected to arrive at West Bay this week, says Lindholm
. The 1,700-square-foot float-home consists of vaulted ceilings, large windows, slate and hardwood flooring and an outdoor cabana-style barbecue kitchen among other features. Lindholm
hoping to have construction of the docks for the float-homes at least partially complete by the end of September.
...Boyd Pyper, president of the West Bay Residents' Association, says the fact that, on the whole, Lindholm's project hasn't come to fruition means the promised economic benefits aren't coming through either.
We had a highly contentious development rezoning pushed through by council and Lindholm