February 17, 2016 - 8:30 AM
CLEARWATER - When unique properties come up for sale it takes just the right buyer to come along, but a Kamloops realtor hopes a unique property near Clearwater will appeal to non-profit groups and educators alike.
The former Clearwater Bible Camp — complete with log cabin, climbing wall, dining hall and four cabins — went up for sale in December. Realtor Bill Ten Heggeler says the church organizing the camp couldn’t find anyone to manage it for the summers, and decided to put the property up for sale.
The property on the Old Thompson Highway had its buildings erected either in the 60s or 70s, Heggeler says, with the most recent being the church and the climbing wall on site.
While the location has a reasonable price point for $415,000, Heggeler says the zoning for the 3.5-acre property presents a challenge. The camp’s zone is marked as institutional, so prospective buyers should be considering using the location for an educational opportunity.
“It’s pretty stuck the way it is,” he says. “When we talked to (the district) they said they would look favourably at dual zoning. (A buyer) could live at the site and use the church."
The Clearwater Bible Camp is the second summer church camp up for sale in the Interior in recent years. In 2015, Camp Hurlburt on Vernon’s East Side Road was sold to the Okanagan District. Administrators plan to develop the area into a local recreation location. The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club also put their summer camp property up for sale recently. Camp Arrowflight served up to 2,000 kids every summer but became too expensive to operate.
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