David and Meredith Avery, from Sandwich, acquired the land for$4 million. The seller was WB Holdings LLC, based here. HeatherDevermann, with Inland Real Estate Sales Inc., brokered thesale.

The water park, called Waves of Fun Inc., will be a five-storybuilding with a 50-foot water slide, surf and wave generator and alazy river. Waves of Fun will also have a play area, arcade,concession stand and Tiki bar, Devermann says. The park is beingdeveloped by the Avery's along with Brad and Julie Inman, who areaalso from the area. The park is being modeled after water parks inthe Wisconsin Dells, Devermann says. "There is nothing else like itin our area," she says. Construction is expected to begin shortlyon the water park and plan to open the park next spring.

Sandwich Commons will be anchored by a 100-room Timber CreekBest Western which will have a 27,000-sf convention center. Thehotel is currently under construction and expected to open aroundThanksgiving with the conference center expected to open inFebruary. The project will also have an estimated 30,000 sf ofretail. Estimates for the cost to construct the water park or theSandwich Commons development were not available. Sandwich Commonsis filling an unmet need as there are no hotels in the area, shesays. The goal of the development is to make Sandwich a destinationfor weekend getaways, Devermann says. Kendall County, whereSandwich is located, is the fastest growing county in the state andthe second fastest growing county in the country, she says. Thedevelopment is located adjacent to a Super Wal-Mart.

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