We are developing a small project in the Northern Ontario town of Opasatika (Opaz), it has a population of just above 200 people. There is no gas station within 30 kilometres of our village. There is no grocery store, cafe or medical clinic within 40 kilometres. The surrounding communities are equally limited on available amenities.
During the winter months, the snowmobile trails passing through Opasatika are among the best in the world. The snow trails pass immediately behind the property which before the prior owners closed had a high amount of trail traffic for fuel. During the summer months, Opasatika has a high level of recreational visitors including fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, ATV enthusiasts, mountain biking and motorcyclists.
We are located along Trans-Canada Highway 11 which is a high traffic route for commerical transports and commuters as well as travellers. The location is nestled 40 kilometres from the eastern town (6,000 people) and 50 kilometres from the western town (4,000 people). This makes Heaven 11 located perfectly for commuters and recreation enthusiasts for getting gas, having coffee, using the restrooms, shopping at the convenience store, stopping at the cafe and accessing the family clinic.
We have the property secured and the basic building is already established and is to be used as a coffee stop serving only brewed coffee (no espresso type coffees) and pre-packaged bakery items. This phase is awaiting the health department verification inspection (the standard follow-up after the initial inspection / visit).
What we require is:
Funding for above ground gas and diesel tanks security deposit (all equipment is provided by fuel co-op with purchase agreement). (CA $50,000)
Funding for the rental of a 24' x 60' ATCO building for the initial 3 months. (CA $3,000 per month)
Funding for the construction of the interior to facilitate the family clinic (24' x 30'), which will also have a Breast disease clinic one day per week (surgeries will be conducted in one of the town east or west). The cafe and convenience store will occupy the remaining 24' x 30' of the building. Approximately CA $15,000
Funding for the medical clinic, primarily office furniture, 2 exam tables, lighting and basic medical exam supplies, computer equipment and patient seating Approximately CA $15,000
Funding for the interior equipment of the store, the cafe (non-cooking cafe similiar to donut shops with panini presses being the largest food item). Approximately CA $7,500
Funding for Farmer's Market tables and awnings for approximately 20 sellers (2 tables and awnings per seller). Approximately CA $2,000
An off leash dog park will be constructed requiring chain link fence and gates for a normal dog area and a section for a timid dog area. All agility equipment will be made by DIY. The dog park is the only dog park with easy access to all of Trans-Canada Highway 11, as most dog parks are within the towns and often have limited parking which makes it impractical for RV and travel trailers to access. There is 1,850 kilometres of Hwy 11 and NO dog parks situated like Heaven 11 Plaza would be. Approximately CA $5,000 (dependent on size).
A Rain Shelter for motorcyclists and bicyclists to get out of the heavy and often spontaneous rain storms that can frequent the region will be constructed utilizing a 12' x 24' x 8' portable garage anchored securely to a non-slip wooden floor structure. This would be the only specifically designated Rain Shelter in all of Ontario. While travellers wait out the storms, they could be having coffee and relaxing in a safe and dry environment. Approximately CA $3,000 (garage structure is $500, $2,500 flooring, anti-slip treatment and ramp structure, interior solar lights).
The RV Park is a 10 space back-in arrangement with water, septic and 20 Amp service at each space. It is already in existence and will be in operation once the snow is cleared. Already two parties have requested full season rentals (each space is CA $15 per day or $450 per month). Steel fire pits are needed for each space and cost approximately $300 each. Approximate expense is CA $ 3,000
Total estimated costs above CA $109,500
We are seeking CA $120,000 to allow for unanticipated expenses.
Any part of this will make a difference in the township and the surrounding communities.
Establishing the plaza will change the quality of life for several communities in the Northern Corridor of Ontario and put Opasatika on the map!
Our website is www.heaven11.ca