|By Vera Haffey, The Montana Standard, Butte|
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
May 14, 2005 - ANACONDA -- A plan to attract a new developer to continue the work of building a resort hotel at the Old Works Golf Course is shaping up, with the final approval a of bidders' packet.
Commissioners on Tuesday are expected to approve a draft of the packet that's part of a marketing campaign aimed at resuming construction at the 2.38-acre site near the Jack Nicklaus signature course's club house.
The committee that drafted the plan includes chairman Rich Rivers, Mike King, Tim Flynn, Jim Davison, director of Anaconda Local Development Corp., and Carl Nyman, director of Anaconda Project Facilitators. Golf course director Steve Wickliffe has also acted as a resource.
Gene Vuckovich, Anaconda's chief executive and golf course authority board member, said the packet and marketing strategy give new hope to resurrect the hotel project.
"I think they're putting together a great package and they have great ideas on how to market it," Vuckovich said Friday. "Hopefully, it's going to get us some results." Nyman said the committee's effort is the culmination of months of preparation.
"We're doing everything we can to get the word out about this hotel opportunity across the country, and we're hoping that when the bidding period closes on Aug. 31, the county will have several proposals to choose from," he said this week.
The packet lists standards for potential builders: At least 40 guest rooms must be built initially, with the capacity to expand to a minimum of 75. The hotel must have a full-service restaurant, kitchen and lounge; a conference center able to accommodate at least 175 guests, a swimming pool, hot tubs, and a fitness center. The packet also contains the criteria from Triple AAA and Mobile for four-star and four-diamond ratings.
The marketing plan calls for regional and national exposure, with advertisements in Hotel Investment Outlook in U.S. and Canada, the Wall Street Journal and SkyWest Magazine. The Old Works Web site will also include information about the hotel. The ads will run June 1 through Aug. 31.
Bidding starts at $150,000.
The original plan for a $6 million luxury resort was derailed by a conflict between former developers Dan and Craig Floyd of Renascent Montana and Sullway Construction, resulting in a three-way dispute over the county owned land.
In a settlement agreement between the county and Sullway Construction, that firm gets the proceeds of the sale plus $10,000.
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