The three-storey Basecamp building in West Meadows, which includes Ruby’s Cinema, has sold to an undisclosed buyer.
However, while he could not say who bought it, former owner Allan Dippie said the cinema and Basecamp Climbing Centre operations would stay on site and were not affected by the sale.
“Next month a new local owner will take over and it is our understanding they have great plans to further develop the top two floors of the building,” he said.
He added that a local family trust had bought the building and they had said they “currently intend to carry on with the use of the building as it is.”
His company Willowridge Developments purchased the building back in 2008, setting up its offices alongside the Lone Star Restaurant, which was eventually sold to the restaurant Jack Rabbit. This also closed last year.
“Willowridge has now moved its offices to Three Parks so had decided to sell the complex,” he said.
Meanwhile, up the road towards Ruby Ridge, the final stage of the West Meadows development (stage 7) starting this year would see the direct connection of West Meadows Drive with Meadowstone Drive below the hill.
This will provide an alternative route to the lakefront for residents in the West Meadows area.
The final stage had recently been designed and consented, with 27 new sections, he said.
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