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Massive Fijian resort development site up for sale

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The partially completed Momi Resort development in Fiji will go up for mortgagee auction on July 22nd The Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) has appointed Bayleys Real Estate to handle the sale of the first stage of the development which encompasses …

Media Release
Date 25.6.2009

Massive Fijian resort development site goes up for sale

The partially completed Momi Resort development in Fiji will go up for mortgagee auction on July 22nd

The Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) has appointed Bayleys Real Estate to handle the sale of the first stage of the development which encompasses more than 350 residential sites, a partially completed nine-hole golf course, golf clubhouse, and hotel complex.

The FNPF has recently taken over the Momi Bay property, 30 minutes drive
south- west of Nadi, as mortgagee in possession, and has said it has no intention of being involved in developing the property in the immediate term.

The sale will be managed by Bayleys Real Estate’s executive chairman John Bayley and special projects manager Russell Adams in conjunction with Philip Toogood, managing director and partner of Bayleys Real Estate (Fiji) Limited.

Bayleys was the marketing agent for the first stage of the development and had sales agreements on more than 80 per cent of the residential sites, many of which have spectacular elevated views over the resort area and golf course and along the Fijian coastline.

Mr Adams said most of these purchasers had opted to have their deposits, which were held in interest-bearing trust accounts, refunded because the development had not been completed on schedule. However, there were 30 purchasers whose deposits remained in a trust account with Trustees Executors.

“A number of the original purchasers have expressed disappointment that the development has not been finished because it is in such a fantastic location. Their interest could be rekindled if a new developer completed the development to the high standard that was originally envisaged for the project.”

Mr Adams said the project was well advanced with much of the external structural work for the originally planned hotel complex completed.

“There is still a significant amount of finishing off and fitting out, along with some remedial work, still to be done. However, we would estimate that an experienced developer could complete the project within 12 to 18 months.”

Before work stopped in late 2006, Momi was one of the largest resort projects being undertaken in the South Pacific.

Considerable structural construction work had been completed on the resort’s distinctive Fijian canoe-style bures, as well as on what were to be Fiji’s over-water bungalows, located on a large lagoon. Three of the six guest room blocks had been roofed, and work was also well advanced on the remaining guest accommodation and facilities.

The first nine holes of the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Thomson Perrett to USPGA-standards, had been bedded down and the club house was also taking shape.

The residential sections are positioned on layered natural corridors from the forested highlands behind the resort, through the golf course and down to the white sand beaches, with building platforms selected for their views.

The first stage of the development encompasses 43 hectares of crown foreshore lease plus a mix of freehold and native lease titles.

“The outstanding location remains and the bones of a potentially world-class development are there,” says John Bayley, executive chairman of Bayleys Real Estate. “The necessary consents are still in place and the Fiji Government would like to see the project finished.

“At this stage we do not know what it might sell for because a sale of a project of this type and scale has not been attempted before in Fiji. But we will get a gauge of what interest there is and where the market is sitting over the next month or so.”

Mr Adams says the property would be marketed globally with the assistance of Bayleys’ international affiliate Cushman & Wakefield which is one of the world’s largest commercial real estate companies.

“They have a particularly strong presence in the resort and hotel sector and they will be helping us flush out any big international players that might be interested in picking up the project,” Mr Adams said.

The auction will be held at the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, Natadola Beach, Natadola, Fiji at 1.30pm on Wednesday July 22nd 2009.

ENDS

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