Roughly two years after the 2017 hurricanes damaged the Long Bay Beach Club, restoration of the West End-based facility is underway.
General Manager at the club Richard Smith told BVI News recently that there are major plans in the pipeline for the facility.
“We have plans for redevelopment — getting rid of buildings that weren’t structurally sound after Irma and we are making way for some new buildings,” he said.
“We have two buildings that are going to be coming down, and we are currently working on finalizing the master plan and have reconstruction going.”
Smith further explained that one of the two buildings located on the western side of the property will be rebuilt into a spa.
“After the storm, the previous owner paid off all the timeshare owners, so the buildings turned back over to the hotel,” he explained.
He said an unnamed couple from California acquired the property last September. He said the beach club is one of two hospitality-type properties that they own in the territory.
In the meantime, the other building to be demolished and rebuilt will be one of the restaurants, Smith said.
“It is the old original restaurant, kitchen and lobby that’s in the garden, not the one that’s on the beach. The one on the beach is staying, but we are doing renovations to that,” he said.
The demolition started last week and is scheduled to last roughly two weeks.
Smith said other parts of the beachfront property is also set to receive attention.
“Being on the beachfront, everything received damage. We sustained heavy damage to roofs, doors, windows, and we have already taken down the beach cabanas that remained after the storm.”
Smith added: “We are to put on new roofs on the Jacuzzi style units which are up on the hill, and the buildings on the beach will get redone. They are all going to get new roofs and new interior designs, and that is all part of what the architects are working on right now.”
When asked about a possible timeframe for reopening, Smith said it was difficult to say.
“It’s all going to be based on the availability of materials once we have our plans finalized.”
He was also unable to provide the estimated cost of the undertaking.
“It hasn’t been nailed down yet, but it is in the tens of millions for sure,” he told BVI News.
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