A request for proposal for development at Clutesi Haven Marina will be issued by the Port Alberni Port Authority the end of 2015.
City council had previously chosen to not renew a 20-year lease with PAPA back in April.
At the time, Coun. Chris Alemany had said that “it’s been too long that the Clutesi Marina land has sat there unused and undeveloped.”
The previous 20-year lease had expired back in 2014.
An amended lease with a schedule for an RFP and commercial development including public washrooms was brought before council during Mondays meeting.
The lease now requires the port authority to issue an RFP by the end of 2015.
The original lease brought to council had contained a general mutual clause that the city and the port authority partner on encouraging commercial development.
“Council wanted to see something more thought out and more detailed which sets out some agreement between the parties as to how we will pursue that development,” said city manager Ken Watson.
“We will jointly look for RFPs to find a developer that would like to build something on the site which will at least include public washrooms and we’re hoping for something much larger than that, of course.”
The port authority will also be offering up a financial incentive to the developer, who will sublease Clutesi from PAPA.
“There will be a financial incentive to the proponent offered up by the port authority in the amount of $500,000 to encourage a developer,” said Watson.
“The port will pay the money up front and in exchange will not pay the city payments under the current accord agreement.”
The accord runs from 2013-2018 and has PAPA paying $95,000 annually to the city for waterfront oriented projects.
“I’m really thrilled with the addition of us having an opportunity to enter into partnership in regards to commercial development with the site,” said Coun. Ron Paulson. A development at Clutesi could stop traffic from heading out to the west coast, he added.
“We’re happy our long standing positive relationship with the city continues to be represented in this lease renewal,” said PAPA director of business development and public relations Dave McCormick.
“We look forward to collaborating with the city in pursuing potential attractions at the site.”