Massive expansion announced by Old Bahama Bay Resort/Club

SEN. J. KWASI THOMPSON, Minister of State for GB in the Office of the Prime Minister

The Old Bahama Bay Resort and Club and its affiliates have ramped up the investment issue being played out in West End.

Caught up in a conflict over property jurisdiction and what appears to be a bitter feud with Skyline Investments (Grand Palm Beach Acquisitions) – that group seeking permission from the Government of The Bahamas to revitalize the old Ginn Sur Mer project – Old Bahama Bay Resort and Club has announced a major expansion.

The proposed package is particularly grand. It includes well over 400 high end condominiums of the single and multi-bedroom variety; over 2000 more footage of dock space; luxury pools; hot tubs and a top of the line spa.

Also, cognizant of the magnitude of the world sports market, the planning is inclusive of tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.

If the expanded project becomes a reality, the Old Bahama Bay complex would be revised into the most comprehensive resort facility in Grand Bahama, worthy of a degree of comparison to the mega facilities in New Providence. The push for hospitality growth in the West Grand Bahama, according to OBB President John MacDonald, is in keeping with the genuine interest the company has always had to foster development and heightened the lives of its family of employees and the wider sector of the West End community.

This announcement comes when there is the backdrop of a possible legal battle with Skyline Investments.

The Government of The Bahamas sits right in the middle of the issue and the prominent step taken by MacDonald and OBB practically demands a situation whereby the parties are brought together to seek a compromise.

Senator J. Kwasi Thompson, who has been appointed Minister of State in the Grand Bahama Office of the Prime Minister, has gone on record expressing his delight that two major development projects are planned for West End.

He promised that the government would reach out in the best interest of the people of West End.
Following is a statement in full, released by OBB:

“After months of negotiations and due diligence, an agreement was reached between West End Resorts Limited (WERL) and a Bahamian company controlled by Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour operator President John MacDonald, to expand upon what is already one of the most beautiful resorts in all The Bahamas.

“It has been a pleasure working with WERL which initiated and has been involved in the project since 1997,” stated John MacDonald.

“This transaction will, in effect, continue WERL’s vision to develop a beautiful self-contained community on the 225-acre parcel of land that includes the resort, marina, Pine Island, the Isles, and immediately surrounding property. The new project will be named Grande Harbour at Old Bahama Bay Resort and will be situated on what is currently referred to as the Harbour Villa Land and Dockside Villa Property.

“Current plans for Grande Harbour are 460 resort style ultra-luxury condos consisting of one, two, and three-bedroom units. The expanded resort project will also boast a 78-slip ‘dockominium’ with a combination of fixed and floating docks to accommodate vessels up to 75ft. The fixed docks will be made available with optional boat lifts specifically for center console style boats 40ft and under. Further, an additional 2500 lineal feet of dockage will offer ample space, power, and water for Mega Yachts.

“Plans also include; two infinity pools, hot tubs, a lavish spa, two restaurants, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, largest fish cleaning station in all of The Bahamas, a convention hall with venue space, state of the art gym facilities, and a private members only club.

“In keeping with current resort operator IVRC’s history of community outreach, Grande Harbour will also include a community hurricane shelter for resort employees, their families and West End residents.”

The aforementioned is right in line with additional investment on the island of Grand Bahama, the government is looking forward to. If the expansion comes to fruition, it would galvanize the economy of West Grand Bahama, with a significant spillover into the rest of the island.

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