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03-15-06 Developers of trailer park land unsure of future

By Tim Cox

  The Fairview Resort trailer park along state Route 703 on the eastern edge of Celina has been purchased by developers, but its future remains in the planning stages.

  Randy Bruns, one of the multiple managing partners of the new Water's Edge Development, confirmed the company's purchase during Monday's Celina City Council meeting. In a follow-up interview with The Daily Standard, Bruns said development plans for the 4-acre tract remain incomplete.

  The land lies directly east of the Windemere Bay condominiums along Grand Lake. That development also was a former trailer park that was acquired and developed by Chuck Samples.

  Bruns, of Rockford Construction Services, said additional condominiums on the investment group's newly acquired property are a "possibility but not a probability."

  "We have several drawings and layouts, but we're still going through the planning process," Bruns said. "We've looked at condos, and we've looked at things that offer other possibilities."  There currently is no timeline on the project, Bruns said.

  In other lakefront development news, Bruns said different investment companies he is involved with that own 1,000 feet of lakefront along West Bank Road are continuing to develop plans for additional growth in that area.

  That investment, however, is contingent on the city proceeding with plans to build a walkway along a mile-long stretch of the lakefront. His brother Mike first talked to council about the family's investment plans for the west bank in an October 2005 letter to the city urging support for the walkway project.

  "I wouldn't even move the first shovel of dirt without the walkway," Randy Bruns said. "That's a no-brainer."

  The walkway project remains in limbo as Celina officials put together a wetlands mitigation project necessary to get a state permit to build the path. The concrete path would run about one mile between the Rotary lighthouse and the state park boat ramps on West Bank Road.

  Bruns said plans for the west bank likely will be finalized within several months, although construction won't begin until the walkway is a definite.

  "We're looking at two complete differently scenarios out there," Bruns said. "We haven't decided which one to pursue."

  Bruns, along with other investors, also is involved in developing the Pirates Club condominiums on South Enterprise Street along the lakefront.


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