SYLVAN LAKE — New owner, new name and new tenants — but otherwise it’s business as usual at the former Sylvan Lake Marina.
The lake-front land and facilities now belong to Sylvan Lake Harbour Ltd., after its former owner — financially troubled Medican — sold the property last year.
Sylvan Lake Harbour Ltd. represents an ownership group led by Polar Creek Industries Inc. of Red Deer, said Al Laplante, president of Polar Creek Industries and a director with Sylvan Lake Harbour Ltd.
Laplante said no changes are planned for the marina in 2011, with its 180 boat slips to be leased on the same basis as in the past.
“The people who had them last year have first right of refusal for this year.”
In the longer term, said Laplante, the marina’s new owners will consider all possibilities for development.
“It’s a very unique property that’s been kind of ignored for a long period of time. We’re certainly looking at creating positive change in that community and for that piece of property.”
New tenants have been secured for the marina building, with Rainy Daze Medi-Spa Inc. to occupy the upper level.
Currently operating at 5002A 50th St. in Sylvan Lake, Rainy Daze Medi-Spa is owned by Tanya Crawford, Loraine Schiele, Diane Russell and Charlie Lindsy.
Crawford said she and her partners plan to market their scenic location as a “destination spa.” A wide range of services will be available — including steam baths and a Vichy shower — and the business will feature a patio overlooking the lake.
Crawford expects the spa to be popular with groups, like wedding parties, and she believes it will attract out-of-town customers as well as local residents.
“We’re already getting calls for the new location.”
The premises, which were previously occupied by Joey’s Restaurant, have been gutted and rebuilt, said Crawford. They’re expected to open on Feb. 1.
Moving into space on the main floor of the marina building will be Source Mortgage Centre. That business now operates at 5006 50th St. in Sylvan Lake, and will relocate effective Feb. 1, said owner Randy Best.
Best said the space was ideal for his business’s needs, with its lake-front location not the motivating factor.
“That’s a bonus.”
A marina store will also continue to sell “water toys” on the main floor, said Laplante, with this operated by Sylvan Lake Harbour Ltd.