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Cooks buy Bristol Harbour

The developers of the proposed Everwilde Inn & Spa on Friday purchased the assets of nearby Bristol Harbour Resort, which will be operated under Bristol Harbour Resort Management LLC.

In addition, Todd and Laura Cook acquired Bristol Sewerage Disposal Corp. and have agreed to purchase Bristol Water Works Corp.

The seller of all three entities—in separate deals—is South Bristol Resort LLC, and the purchase price has not been disclosed.

Bristol Harbour Resort includes a restaurant and tavern, an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones championship golf course, a golf shop, several conference rooms, a 31-room hotel, luxury golf cottages and a marina.

The purchase of Bristol Harbour Resort, coupled with the proposed 46-acre Everwilde, will create a destination spot that will allow visitors options for high-end entertainment, dining and overnight stays in the area, Laura Cook told the Rochester Business Journal this week.

Bristol Harbour overlooks the west side of Canandaigua Lake and is roughly 30 miles southeast of Rochester. The resort employs some 15 full-time workers and up to 150 seasonal employees.

As a result of the deal, Everwilde will become a utility customer of Bristol Water Works and Bristol Sewerage Disposal, helping keep rates low for residents and mitigating concerns from some in the community about septic systems at the Everwilde site, she said.

Bristol Sewerage Disposal provides sewage disposal, while Bristol Water Works supplies water to the residents and commercial facilities at Bristol Harbour.

The longtime Bristol Harbour owners support the Cooks taking ownership of the property, especially given their love of and commitment to the area.

Doug Wiens, managing member of South Bristol Resorts, said since acquiring the property 16 years ago, the group has made many improvements, including expanding the restaurant and adding banquet space.

“The Cooks have the ability to keep that momentum going and drive this business to the next level, making it a world-class high-end resort,” Wiens said.

Added David Flaum, a South Bristol Resorts’ partner: “The Cooks have the vision and drive to move Bristol Harbour to the next level and, as a resident of South Bristol, I am looking forward to being a long-term customer.”

The Cooks plan to focus the next few months on making some improvements at Bristol Harbour, finishing before the peak summer season.

Customers will be able to enjoy improvements with golf, the marina, the restaurant and banquets, that will be done based on feedback from community committees, Laura Cook said.

Customers with banquet contracts for weddings and special events will not be disrupted with the ownership change or the updates, she added.

Plans are still in the works for the $16.5 million Everwilde Inn & Spa, being proposed on 46-acres across the street from Bristol Harbour.

Plans for that site include a full-service spa with treatment rooms for massage, facials, manicures, pedicures and hair salon services. In addition, it would house a 75-seat restaurant, 25-seat bakery-cafe, 50 guest rooms, banquet rooms for weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations, and lake access.

The venture also would have a fitness facility with indoor and outdoor pools; studio space for yoga, pilates and spinning; and a weight room.

The Cooks, who have a residence on Canandaigua Lake, own Connection Technology Center Inc. in Victor, Ontario County. The firm provides vibration analysis of hardware products, and it also manufactures and sells accelerometers, cable assemblies, signal switching boxes and mounting hardware to plant maintenance vibration analysts.

Cook stressed that the Bristol Harbour updates will complement, not replace, Everwilde.

The couple is continuing to pursue approvals for Everwilde, readying to submit this spring an environmental impact statement to the Bristol Town Board, followed by seeking zoning approvals from the town planning board.

Everwilde has not been without controversy. Some say they favor keeping the land undeveloped. In addition to water and sewer concerns, other issues brought up include noise and traffic.

Proponents of the project, however, say it will add to the Finger Lakes, boosting tourism and economic development.

“Our primary focus is to do well by the community,” Cook said.

1/15/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.


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