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Tennant has a good eye. Bamberton’s 592 hectares stretch for five glorious kilometres along Saanich Inlet, just south of Mill Bay. The property’s steep, heavily-forested slopes offer panoramic views over Finlayson Arm. With the sun filtering through the firs and maples to sparkle on the inlet, it’s a small, peaceful corner of Vancouver Island paradise. But in 2005, that wasn’t immediately obvious. Only crumbling remnants remained of what was once the thriving industrial village of Bamberton, comprised largely of cement workers and their families. The site did still house the derelict cement plant that had been built by the Portland Cement Company Ltd. in 1912, under the auspices of H.K.G.

Bamber, its managing director. The plant had ceased operations in the early 1980s, but the area surrounding it remained highly contaminated with industrial chemicals. When Tennant first looked at the site five years ago, however, he saw past the ruins and devastation. So did his partners in Three Point Properties, Victoria developer Jack Julseth and Joe van Belleghem of Dockside Green fame. As the three men contemplated the ravaged property, a grand dream was conceived. ➤

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