May 23, 2008 in Business

Yacht club features host of amenities

The Spokesman-Review
 

A private yacht club on the banks of the Pend Oreille River in North Idaho is set to launch this summer.

Based in a nearly completed $2.2 million clubhouse with a rustic flair, the Willow Bay Yacht Club is slated to offer a boatload of amenities: a boating concierge program for the adjacent marina that will launch members’ boats stocked with refreshments; a fleet of sailboats, canoes and kayaks to borrow; and boating courses. The 6,350-square-foot, two-story clubhouse itself will feature a fitness center with locker rooms, a great room overlooking the water and dining and conference facilities.

The club is a defining facet of the 82-lot The Crossing at Willow Bay luxury residential development, owned by Crossing Development Inc.

On some of the smaller lots in the community, Sandpoint-based Sullivan Homes Idaho has built three houses, ranging from $850,000 to $975,000, and sold one, Sullivan said. Eight custom-home sites on the 180-acre development have been purchased, mostly last year, he said.

Other aspects of the development will include a sports center and secure boat storage.

The development targets portions of the real estate market that have seen declines during the six months ending in April. The Coeur d’Alene Multiple Listing Service recorded 61 sales of residential properties costing $500,000 to $999,000 during that time, a 28 percent decrease from the same period a year earlier.

“I’m hopeful that we’ll be perhaps sold out in a couple years,” Sullivan said. “Sandpoint is still seeing people come up there for the lifestyle.”

Owners earlier this year began an effort to refresh the brand, retaining DMB Realty, of Scottsdale, Ariz., to market the property in places such as Seattle, Alberta, Canada and Phoenix.

The club should open by July 4, Sullivan said.

Rockwood moving clinic

Rockwood Clinic intends to open a relocated South Hill office in late August near East 29th Avenue and South Southeast Boulevard – one that reflects a new approach to patient care, a clinic administrator said.

The roughly 12,000-square-foot Rockwood Clinic Quail Run building will house eight family doctors, offer full OB care and have lab and radiology services on-site, said Kelly Piger, Rockwood’s associate administrator of clinic operations. The new approach will include private hallways for patients to separate them from the “clinical flow,” and expanded exam rooms, she said.

“We’ve seen a real demand for primary care up in that area,” Piger said. “This will definitely be our flagship site for our new patient-centered care model.”

The doctors will move from the current Moran Prairie location, 3016 E. 57th Ave. That facility will house a contact center to help streamline patient scheduling, with a registered nurse staff available to assist patients with questions. Rockwood also will expand its physical therapy practice there.

The new concepts also will be integrated into clinics in Medical Lake, which will open in September, and Liberty Lake, where Rockwood is looking for a location to house four or five physicians, perhaps opening early next year, Piger said.

Remodeling the building, owned by Dr. John Sonneland, is expected to cost about $900,000.

Crow buys winery

Spokane business owner John Crow plans to build three industrial buildings on the site of a former West Plains winery he recently purchased.

Crow, who owns pizza pan maker Lloyd Industries Inc., earlier this month paid $300,000 for the former Worden Winery, 7217 W. Westbow Blvd., through a limited-liability company. He intends to temporarily rent out the warehouse and log cabin tasting room, then demolish those structures to build two 40,000-square-foot buildings and one 20,000-square-foot building.

Lloyd Industries, which leases space at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, might occupy one of the structures, Crow said. The 5.5-acre property fronts Interstate 90.

Plans call for starting the first building next spring and finishing it by the end of summer, and completing the other two in 2010, said Mark McLees, a sales and leasing agent with NAI Black who represented Crow in the transaction.

The winery, renamed Wyvern Cellars by new owners in 2000, closed in 2003 after declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Seller Brett Burris had purchased the property as an investment, said Earl Engle, also of NAI Black.


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