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Hotel, IMAX for Chambers Bay? Pierce County negotiating with developer

Post by David Wickert on Jan. 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm with 14 Comments »
January 19, 2010 5:16 pm

Pierce County is negotiating with a California developer to build a clubhouse, hotel, retail center and other facilities at Chambers Bay Golf Course.

Details are sketchy, and the developer – Ventur-Hospitality of San Bruno, Calif. – must still find financing for the project.

But if the deal comes together Chambers Bay would get the clubhouse and other facilities by 2014 – a year before tens of thousands of visitors are expected for the U.S. Open.

Among the facilities that would be built:

• A permanent clubhouse for the University Place golf course, which has been using a temporary facility since it opened in 2007.

• A hotel featuring 85 to 124 rooms, including 10 detached guest cottages. The hotel would be built at the bottom of the hill below the current clubhouse.

• A retail center at the top of the hill. A “memorandum of understanding” between Pierce County and the developer indicates the center might include a family-style restaurant, coffee shop, bakery, bike shop and other retail services.

• A beach house along Puget Sound that would promote boating, fishing, dining and other recreation.

• A “cultural center” that might include such facilities as a children’s “discovery center,” an IMAX theater, a conference center or a sound stage for concerts.

Deputy County Executive Kevin Phelps said county taxpayers and sewer ratepayers would not pay for the facilities.

Look for more details in Wednesday’s News Tribune.

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  1. finalfantasylvr says:

    Hmmmm….maybe the city of UP can get the same company to finish their town center, lol!

  2. tommy98466 says:

    This is exactly what UP needs. A hotel, a must, and a good quality restaurant like an Anthony’s. You build it, the rest will come.

  3. W_Tacoma says:

    Hmmm… a hotel? an IMAX theater? how original… those are the same things that were supposed to be at town center.

    Listening to the proposal, the hotel with cottages and a clubhouse that is capable of hosting tournament crowds are essential to prepare for the open.

    A restaurant, bakery and deli with bike rental area at the top of the hill and a boat house with small sailcraft and kayak rental on the coast would be wonderful amenities that would make the Chambers Bay area a better destination.

    There is no need for an IMAX theater, or a building the size of an IMAX theater, in that area.

    UP needs to develop both properties, quickly yet cautiously, and hopefully they can convince the developer to site a second hotel and a theater including an IMAX in their town center area… it needs to be more than a library and city hall for all of the money that has been spent and the restaurants and other small businesses that have been lost/were relocated to make this vision a reality.

  4. jukejunkie says:

    Do a web search of Venture-Hospitality and you find managment company’s for Super 8 and Quality Inn. About right for this high end golf course…………….

  5. derekyoung says:

    Oh sure, they come up with a plan to build an IMAX in Pierce County AFTER Avatar comes out.

  6. jukejunkie — Similar name, but wrong company. This one is Ventur-Hospitality. Here’s their site: http://ventur-hospitality.com/

    Hunter George
    Pierce Co. Communications

  7. jukejunkie says:

    Funny, Google still can not provide any information. Must be very Hush Hush except for the Cascade Print Media of Tacoma. Hmmmmmmmmmm

  8. S_Emerson says:

    Mr. George, any idea why Ventur-Hospitality’s whois info says:

    IP Location: Tacoma, United States

    Administrative Contact:
    Admin, Domain dom-admin@nventure.com
    3640 S Cedar St, Suite E
    Tacoma, WA 98409 US

    This doesn’t make sense, given they’re supposedly based in San Bruno, CA, and given the fact the domain was first registered in Sept. 2005.

    So, what gives?

    Stacy Emerson

  9. franktheliberal says:

    So, who’s going to pay for this project?

  10. ldozy1234 says:

    Bet they have no problems with PALS………………….

  11. jerrygarcia says:

    I take back everything I’ve said.

    There’s a memorandum of understanding! There’s no financing, but I’m sure there will be! There’s going to be a bicycle shop, or maybe not, and other retail development!

    Yup, they’ve sure nailed this one. Just one question: When, again, does the county have to show progress or the USGA can exercise its option to take the Open elsewhere?

  12. Why an out of state contractor/developer? What happen to all the fine contractors/developers here in Washington? You do realize that they will likely bring their own labor and hire just enough locals to humor the union. Will this contractor be required to use E-Verify? Who is responsible for over runs or delays? I would prefer supporting our local options. They are out there.

  13. Stacy: James is from here and has family and friends here. He knew the owner of an ISP who handled the registration for him. He registered the domain some time ago, as you point out, and put a site up last week as he geared up to get going on this project.

    jukejunkie: The site just went up last week, so Google’s robots haven’t found it yet.

    Exidor: We’ve been talking to various interested parties for a year (and maybe more; I don’t know about the previous administration). The others didn’t pan out. In the end, this is who stepped up with a strong, viable plan.

    jerrygarcia: This is the biggest myth out there. I have read the county’s contract with the USGA and I have personally spoken with USGA managers. THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT OR EXPECTATION THAT WE BUILD A CLUBHOUSE. I’ve been to the Open. The USGA brings its own facilities – huge tents that are more like temporary buildings, and nice than many permanent buildings. Mike Davis himself tells us not to worry about this. They just want us to keep making progress on the condition of the course. (And Mike told us last week that he’s thrilled with how it’s growing in.) I’m not saying we don’t want a clubhouse. I’m just saying the people who speculate that the USGA will pull out of the deal because of it are wrong. We’re on pace to set ticket sales records for the US Amateur. You don’t think the USGA sees that and imagines breaking US Open attendance records??? Chambers Bay might be the largest course to ever host an Open.

    Hunter George
    Pierce Co Communications

  14. jukejunkie says:

    Oh Great! an Ad Hock LLC put together with a phony website to make it look possible. Lets find a real company with financial backing before we make ANY sort of commitment maybe they can save the Lunzon buliding too.

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