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Mr. Mark Lindholm W. L.

Development Manager

Westbay Marine Village

Direct Phone: (250) ***-****       

Westbay Marine Village

453 Head Street

Victoria, British Columbia V9A 5S1


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Here at Westbay Marine Village we offer a variety of experiences and opportunities. As both a progressive, lively community and an exciting marine development, Westbay Marine village is a unique entity, one of a mere handful of urban harbour communities i ... more

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Deep Fried Kudzu

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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. Hope so. Lest he wants to be thought a scurvy dog.

Deep Fried Kudzu: The Swallowed Anchor Gets Swallowed By A Developer

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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. Hope so. Lest he wants to be thought a scurvy dog.

Two of Esquimalt's most ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

Lindholm 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.

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