By Pat Finney
Jeff Bouck’s dream of building a modern motel on Long Point will become a reality this year, if all goes according to his plan. The enthusiastic owner of atPlay Adventures could hardly contain his excitement as he picked up his building permit on April 9th and started tearing down the aging Long Point motel buildings at the corner of Highway #59 and Erie Boulevard to make way for future development. One hour later, all that remained of the 40-year-old buildings was a pile of rubble. “How does it feel Jeff?” asked a local property owner as Jeff climbed into the excavator to start work. “Great” he replied. “It’s been a long time coming”. The walls of an 18-unit, two-storey motel may soon rise on the footprint of the two former Long Point motel buildings and 17 trailers that once crowded the .48 hectare site with 120 metres of frontage on Erie Boulevard. “It’s a replacement building. It’s the exact same plan as before, exactly the same height as before,” explained Mr. Bouck. “It’ll be white in colour with stone foundation and a galvanized metal roof”. Since the fall of 2009, the building’s design has been modified from a 30-unit, three-storey vacation resort to a lower, two-storey structure with a peaked roof, gables and architectural detailing. Fourteen motel units will contain one bedroom and four units will have two bedrooms. Parking, water and septic systems will be located at the rear. The popular Causeway Restaurant will be closed this summer during construction of the motel “but we’ll be open next summer, definitely,” said Mr. Bouck. “When will construction start?” Mr. Bouck was asked. “Soon – very soon”. “All I ever wanted to do was build a new resort down here on Long Point and that’s what we’re going to do”.