A dream formulated by Adi F. Bauer in the 1950s then tweaked by Wolfgang Richter in the 1980s has been rekindled once again.
Thursday evening, proponents of the resort proposal plan to share the vision for a resort development on Brohm Ridge at a meeting for those interested in the future of the Garibaldi at Squamish (GAS) Inc. proposal. Richter, the vice chairman, director and founder of GAS will be at the meeting in the Squamish Adventure Centre with an expected crowd of up to 200 people.
The project has been under the radar but Richter is ready to get people talking about the development again. He said he moved to Whistler this summer as part of his work to move the proposed four seasons resort ahead.
“I’ve moved to Whistler to breathe the air of a functioning resort,” Richter said in a phone interview.
Richter said the objective of the meeting on Nov. 22, which will start at 6:30 p.m., is to reconnect with supporters of the project while introducing it to those who aren’t familiar with it but interested in the details.
“I think people are going to get an update that’s going to be very low key,” said Richter. “We’re keeping it very small. It’s not a public meeting as much it’s a meeting of people that we know who have expressed interest or are curious.
“It’s not meant to be a closed door shop thing. There’s no secrets here but we’re not going to overstate where we think we’re at and what we’re going to do tomorrow.”
Water is on the top of Richter’s mind. He said proving there is enough water on Brohm Ridge is a key part of satisfying the requirements of the Environment Assessment process, a process Richter took the proposal through in the 1990s.
Richter said some drilling needs to be done as soon as possible to demonstrate that there’s enough water to support up to 22,500 bed units proposed for the project area. Richter said the timing is critical because the project team wants to get a few priority tasks finished before May when a provincial election is scheduled.
Richter’s partners include Bob Gagliardi, Luigi Aquilini and Hunter Milborne Development Corp. According to Richter, the investors estimate the investment value of the project at $5.5 billion.
The meeting on Nov. 22 will begin at 6:30 p.m. To reserve a free ticket to the event, visit http://garibaldiatsquamish.eventbrite.ca/
Check back with Pique Newsmagazine for ongoing coverage of the proposed all season resort on Brohm Ridge.