A 68-unit condominium building will replace the 50-year-old cabins that currently sit at Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake in Nisswa, which will be renamed.
Tentatively, the new name for the resort will be GullView Lodge. Demolition and construction could begin next November or December, after the 2013 summer season, and will take around 12 months, said Tom Steffen, one of the partners in the project.
Steffen is partnered with Dave Lawrence of Sunstream Resorts, a company out of southwest Florida, and Bill Klohn.
A site plan and information provided to Cass County tells of a three-story building that will include an indoor/outdoor pool and spa, business center, game room, fitness center and third-floor conference center.
All existing structures of the Quarterdeck property will be removed or demolished, with the exception of the newly constructed three-bedroom rental townhome, which will be moved to the south end of the property.
Each of the new condominiums will have a patio or deck looking out onto Gull Lake. The pool will be half indoor and half outdoor, with sliding doors that will shut in the winter.
The current lodge is also planned for demolition, to be replaced by a two-story building, including a restaurant, with a 4,500 square-foot footprint (9,000 square feet total).
Quarterdeck Resort will remain open through 2013, county information states, and into 2014 if necessary to allow for marketing and presale of the condominiums. Steffen said a certain number of units must be sold before demolition and construction can begin.
He stressed that both the restaurant and the resort cabins and rooms will remain open through the 2013 summer season.
Sunstream Resorts reported to Cass County that it owns several resorts in Florida with more than $25 million in annual room revenues. Steffen explained that Sunstream director Lawrence has ties to Minnesota, and many of the Florida resort guests go back and forth from Florida to Minnesota, making it a natural partnership.
Alan and Jane Gunsbury owned the Quarterdeck Resort and Restaurant for 35 years until selling it in 2011. The Echo reported that the resort was one of the first on Gull Lake to stay open year-round. Before the Gunsburys bought the property it was named Pleasant Acres Resort. It was originally developed in the 1950s at the site of a homesteaded turkey farm.