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Sechelt Development - Seawatch at the Shores
05-16-2013, 10:13 AM, (This post was last modified: 05-16-2013, 10:19 AM by Skook.)
RE: Sechelt Development - Seawatch at the Shores
Seawatch at the Shores - May 16, 2013 Update

This is a major update for the 'Seawatch at the Shores' - the developer, Concordia Seawatch Ltd., has blinked. I am including a four-page document prepared by Vancouver law firm, Baker & Baker, which represents the District of Sechelt (DOS). That document lays out point-by-point the responsibilities and costs Concordia will assume to proceed with its development and it is staggering.

First, here is the Coast Reporter news article announcing the agreement:

Quote:Concordia to pay for Sinkhole fix
Seawatch development
May 13, 2013
Christine Wood/Staff Writer

Developers have agreed to fix the sinkhole found at the Seawatch development and alert future homebuyers to geotechnical hazards in the area, according to documents released at the May 1 Sechelt council meeting. Nearly 200 pages of reports, studies and findings related to the Seawatch sinkhole were released from in-camera, as well as legal documents showing Concordia Seawatch Ltd. will pay the District $75,000 to help alleviate some of the costs incurred to date. Sechelt has been paying for geotechnical studies, short-term fixes and legal bills regarding the sinkhole and who should fix it since it was first discovered in June of 2012.

Mayor John Henderson said he doesn’t know how much Sechelt has spent on the issue but noted $75,000 isn’t “even 50 per cent” of what has been paid out. “But this is the kind of thing, when you get a natural disaster like this and you have to react to it, there’s not much choice but to go out and do both whatever we can to help the residents and take care of the District,” Henderson said. “So it’s a cost of, I don’t know if it’s right to say a cost of doing business, but it’s certainly a cost we are obliged to pay, just like the foreshore on Trail Bay. When something like that happens you get on and fix it, and you have to figure out where you’re going to pay for it. Fortunately we’ve got the resources to have done that.”

Concordia’s remediation of the sinkhole will take place in the summer during the “dry season,” documents state. While Henderson said there is no reason for people living in the area to be concerned, he couldn’t guarantee the safety of the site. “A guarantee isn’t a word that I think anybody can provide. What we know is that of course there’s been an extraordinary amount of technical work done, there will be more done by professionals and that hopefully will both identify and solve the current problem and make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” Henderson said.

Documents show that both the District and Concordia “acknowledge that additional geotechnical events may occur at the subdivision.”
To view the entire report released May 1, including detailed geotechnical testing of the site, download the 2013-05-01 RC Amended Agenda.pdf from

I downloaded that monster DOS Amended Agenda file and the Baker & Baker document begins on page 91. Here is each page in thumbnail form - click the thumbnail to open in a new window:





I can't image how Concordia will finance this; no doubt, it is relying on the sell of the Phase 2 lands and those two other lots both which I mention in the post above which as of today are still on the market. However, given the state of RE on the Sunshine Coast will they sell and when? If they do not sell, what happens then? I wouldn't be surprised if Concordia is already preparing its bankruptcy application; so, if I were the DOS, I wouldn't be 'counting the chickens before they're hatched.' The DOS is already in budget difficulties despite the rosy picture Mayor Henderson paints (see this Vancouver Sun May 6, 2013 news article) and if it has to assume responsibility for this site I can see only one option - buy out the current homeowners and mothball the development. Actually, I think that is what should be done now with this site given what I presented in my 'Slip, sliding Away' thread.

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RE: Sechelt Development - Seawatch at the Shores - by Skook - 05-16-2013, 10:13 AM

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