A steady stream of visitors took part in an open house held Feb. 26 to look at plans for the proposed Bear View shopping center on Highway 5 in Clearwater.
“The open house is designed so that anyone who has questions about the development can inquire and get the facts firsthand,” said owner Ron Rotzetter in an introdutory letter. “Bear View Development is excited to introduce a ‘Place of Gathering’.”
The proposed shopping center would be located on a 10 acre lot south of Highway 5 immediately west of the junction with Haywood Road (kitty-corner from the former greenhouses).
“We believe that Bear View will stand out to the individuals travelling Highway 5 and help to lure them into our community,” said Rotzetter. “We all know that, once they are here, they will enjoy a trip to the Wells Gray Park or perhaps a rafting trip down the Clearwater or North Thompson Rivers, a guided boat tour on Clearwater Lake, or just a beautiful night’s stay at one of our many accommodations.”
Rotzetter did not say yes or no to questions about whether a grocery store or a Tim Hortons would be included in the shopping center.
Any retail or franchise business would be welcome, he said.
He said that Bear View does not have plans to incorporate seniors housing in the project. However, they have been in communication with Gary Arsenault, the owner of an adjacent property who apparently has plans to develop a seniors housing complex with more than 100 units.
Rotzetter clarified that he is the owner of the land where the Bear View development is proposed.
“The indoor shopping concept is new to the community and we feel that the tourists travelling through Clearwater would benefit year-round with a place that they can spend a few minutes or hours stretching their legs while shopping around the variety of shops inside,” he said.