On Thursday, July 6th, 2017, a public meeting will be held at 7 pm at the Salzburger Hof Resort in Batchewana, Ont. to learn more about the American developer, Mr. Joseph Acheson’s plans for Batchewana Island.
Batchewana Island is a privately owned, approx 2,480 hectre undeveloped, and forested wilderness island. It is situated within Lake Superior’s Batchewana Bay, about 45 kms. north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
At the properties closest point it is separated from the mainland by a 410 meter wide deep water channel.
Mr. Jerry Dolcetti, Planning Consultant with Sault Ste. Marie North Planning Board said “The land is owned by the individual developer and right now his interest is to log the island to improve the growth of vegetation. It hasn’t been logged for over 60 years or so. The meeting scheduled for Thursday July 6th in Batchewana will provide clarity for what his plans are for developing the island and taking care of the logging issues. Subsequent phases could include a number of things like hunt cabins and fishing opportunities.”
Phase 1 & 2 would include forest stand improvement, as well as 4 barge docks.
The development would be a private members, not-for-profit- 5 star exclusive sporting club called ‘The Batchewana Sporting Club’. Plans further include a 20 + room resort accommodation called ‘Stormview Lodge’ overlooking Lake Superior.
“There is no current application on file at this time. The idea of the public meeting is to gauge public reaction and feedback.” Said Dolcetti.
350 acres, or seven per cent of the island, would eventually be cleared for development of a resort, and would be overseen by the Sault North Planning Board and Algoma Public Health.
Mr. Dolcetti referred Saultonline to a video on YouTube which outlines potential development