It’s a project which the developer thinks will bring together all the best aspects of the Okanagan.
Plans for a destination winery resort and marina were unveiled Tuesday by the Okanagan Waterfront Development Group.
Developer John Weisbeck, says the project, to be located on a 100 acre parcel of land on Westside Road in West Kelowna, will include a 650 berth marina, a 600 boat stacking system, a working vineyard and winery and a luxury hotel with spa features and restaurants.
â€œThere are very few locations on Lake Okanagan on which we could do a project of this size, so when this property that available to us, we looked at the best possible project that we could put on that piece of property. The latest study has shown we are thousands of berths short of boat storage and moorage, so what better thing to do than to meld all the components together into a project that will be a wonderful experience for everyone, the public, the tourists. It will be unforgettable,â€ says Weisbeck.
He says they are in the process of making their applications and are hoping to start some of the ground preparations for the vineyard this fall.
â€œThe first amenity that will be open will be the marina, we are hoping that will be available by June 2011. We are hoping our vineyard will be producing grapes by 2012 and we are hoping the hotel and restaurant complex will be open by 2013.â€
Weisbeck says the project will inject more than $175 million into the local economy and employ hundreds of people.