Owners of a prime chunk of oceanfront land at Cox Bay on Vancouver Island in British Columbia are planning to open an RV resort – not condos, hotels and houses – by June 1, 2009, according to a new website.
The Pacific Rim RV Membership Resort has begun marketing 50, 99-year-use memberships to Alberta residents for $69,900 during a pre-launch sales drive, according to the Port Alberni Westcoaster.
Rob Hatch, project manager, told the newspaper on Monday (Dec. 8) the owners have started in Alberta, not British Columbia, because they need to meet criteria on disclosure statements.
“We’d like to sell it to anybody but we can’t do it at the moment,” said Hatch. “It will be sold in B.C.”
The 215-acre resort and campground, established in the 1970s, has sat dormant for years.
The newspaper quoted the website, www.pacificrimresort.ca/, as saying the owners are selling the memberships to pay the “mortgage on the farm” and get out of debt. Prospective customers are encouraged to “Go West & Stake Your Claim,” “Get in on the Deal of the Century,” and “Live the Rich Man’s Dream for a Working Man’s Price.”
According to the website, the owners stopped running the campground in 2003 and decided to take a break from the business because of the “overwhelming and worsening problems with rowdies and trespassers.”
“We then spent the next five years working with high-priced consultants and planners and the top Vancouver developers only to find that this entire process was so time consuming, expensive and difficult as to be almost impossible,” states the website, as the owners contemplated building hotels, condos and houses on the site.
“The developers for the most part wanted the property without paying for it and the consultants wanted to take every cent we had by doing endless studies and reports that accomplished nothing. And the civic officials just wanted to delay anything from ever happening at all and make endless and prohibitive demands.”
The website states the owners came up with the idea of the RV membership resort after a friend introduced them to a similar business, Surfside RV Park, in Parksville, B.C.
Upgrades to the property will take place after 200 memberships are sold, it adds.