"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
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