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County Nixes Second Chambers Bay Golf Course
Following this summer's US Open experience, Pierce County officials are having second thoughts about a project that would have brought a second golf course to the Chambers Bay property.
In early 2014 we heard about a proposal to build a Chambers Bay resort, complete with 250-room hotel; event, dining, and bar spaces; locker rooms and other amenities; and a second golf course, just south of Chambers Creek Park. The project was to be funded and built by a California developer, who would lease the land from the County. About a year ago we heard a few more details of the proposed project, and heard concerns from the county council over preserving public access on the County-owned property.
Now The News Tribune reports that the county is asking the developer to scale down plans for the site.
Apparently the scale of the US Open convinced the County that building a second golf course right up next to the first might not be the best idea. Especially if they want to play host to other large-scale events in the future.
Sonnenblick, the California developer, is working on revised plans. According to the TNT, without the second golf course, those plans would mean a smaller hotel, done in phases, with the first phase about half the size of what was originally envisioned. The smaller-scale plans would fit better with the existing Chambers site master plan (the second golf course and larger development would have required an amended master plan). The smaller-scale plans will also mean fewer concerns over preserving public access on the publicly-owned site. New project renderings are in the works to be shared with the County soon.
So, are you sad to see plans for a second (golf cart-accessible) golf course go? Do these changes open up possibilities for any new elements you'd like to see included on the site?
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