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Latest On Plans for Chambers Bay Resort
The News Tribune has the latest on plans for Chambers Bay Resort, and the 370,000 square-foot resort sounds kind of swanky...
- 5-story, 258-room hotel
- Conference center with 17 meeting rooms and full food and beverage service (in what is now the Pierce County Environmental Services building, with the addition of a ballroom)
- 180-seat cafe and restaurant
- Three bars (including one on the rooftop)
- 8,000 square-foot spa
- Swimming pool
- Driving range
- Parking for more than 700 vehicles (for resort guests and the public)
The existing golf pro shop and restaurant would be demolished to make room for the new facility, which would also include amenities separate from the hotel: a larger pro shop, men's and women's lockers with spa areas, and a new bar and restaurant.
Renderings shared by the TNT show a boomerang-shaped hotel pointing out over the Chambers Bay property. A middle section of the lower level is open to allow for views of the scenery from the ground level arrivals area on the inland side of the hotel. Details of the building itself appear fairly generic, at least at this stage in the design process.
The TNT reports that the developer plans to add walking and biking trails to the property, along with a second golf course designed by the same firm that did the original Chambers Bay course. Plans for that second course, which would be golf cart-accessible, could be ready as early as mid-October.
The timeline for a decision from the County (including updates to the master site plan), as well as the City's of University Place and Lakewood puts any construction well after next year's US Open at Chambers Bay.
When plans were shared with the Pierce County Council, some council members expressed concern over maintaining public access to the publicly-owned property around the resort (trails, parks, playground, and the Chambers Bay Golf Course). Documents from the developer promise public "access to the open spaces along the edges of the existing golf course and along the waterfront will be maintained and enhanced."
Even though Chambers Bay isn't in Tacoma, it is an asset for all of Pierce County. What do you think of the proposed plans?
Read more, including a couple aerial pictures, from the TNT.
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