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SUPERYACHT FACILITIES The final vision; rendering by Greg Marshall of the Victoria International Marina layout. Preparing for superyachts in British Columbia Victoria International Marina in Victoria, British Columbia, is the first purposebuilt marina for large luxury vessels in Canada. Long awaited and much debated, it is due to open in May 2018 in time to join forces with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and host the June 2018 Melges24 World Regatta. Located 66nm north of Seattle, WA, off the Songhees walkway in Victoria’s middle harbour, Victoria International Marina (VIM) is a sanctuary at the gateway to the Pacific Northwest and Canada’s Inside Passage to Alaska. It offers a hub of 28 slips for vessels of 65 to 175ft (20 to 53m) for long term and short stay slip holders and transients eager to explore more than 15,534mi (25,000km) of coastline between Victoria and Alaska. Upscale project The initial master plans for West Victoria and the Songhees included a large marine-themed development hub at Lime Bay. Developers, guided by market demands, ended up building a foundation of residential property that inherently carried a ‘NIMBY’ sentiment. As a result, plans for the marina suffered a series of setbacks over the 30 years since being initially conceived, going from a large marine centre housing motor and sailing vessels of all sizes, along with extensive associated commercial and retail space, to a 28 vessel marina with 48 car parking spaces, two one-storey buildings and very limited upland. The project for an upscale international standard marina, to be built by WAM Development Group in partnership with Victoria developer Bob Evans, was first mooted in 2008 and reported in Marina World. Further to a slew of public objections, wrangles over rights to build on municipal land, seemingly endless demands for environmental studies and permit applications, and marine navigation concerns for, among other things, a ‘kayaker’s corridor’, the developer scaled back scope and eventually halved the size of the project. Construction tentatively began but failure to sell slips reportedly caused delays. In 2014, the original backers sold out to a newly-formed company Community Marine Concepts (CMC), set up by two Vancouver families who have partnered up to acquire, develop, manage and service coastal Pacific properties. The million Victoria International Marina is its flagship. CMC fine-tuned the vision and overall concept and serious construction began in autumn 2016. The marina has been built on 4.5 acres (1.8ha) of foreshore under lease from the Province of British Columbia. Its current boundary lines are a remnant of the original provincially-owned land in the area. CMC CEO Craig Norris explains: “My understanding of the origin of the two half-acre freehold properties, on which the marina buildings will be constructed, is that they were provided as part of a land swap that included the land that now forms Lime Bay Park. Both properties were essentially water prior to a shoreline extension completed prior to the building of the Royal Quays condo complex.” Rewriting plans Over the years, the business plan for the project has taken as many forms as the design, being adapted and rewritten to reflect evolving design and industry trends. The most current change to the business plan was completed in the spring of 2015 after plans to update the development permit were shelved when the boards voted to discontinue with the City’s development permit process because it had become too unpredictable, unreliable and thus risky. It was decided to revert to a previously approved and still valid permitted design. The challenge was to create a new business plan around a design that no longer represented the highest and best use of the property. The original plan was to sell off each of the 28 slips on 40-year leases. It was decided, however, that this would create a long-term and significant cash flow problem for any operator of the marina while also setting the stage for a very stagnant marina atmosphere. The business plan was thus adapted to allow for a more vibrant and active use of the property and the marina was divided evenly into four main service categories, each with seven slips: longterm 40-year leases; one-year leases; three-month minimum/seasonal leases; and transient/three-night minimum www.marinaworld.com - November/December 2017 47

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