Xanterra , the Colorado-based resort management company that now owns Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg has unveiled it’s ambitious long term plans for the future of Kingsmill.
The first projects to be undertaken include construction of a two-story restaurant at the marina, a luxurious family-oriented swimming pool complex where the current Bray Links par-3 golf course exists and redesign of the current fitness center and swimming pool.
Kingsmill will refurbish and expand the resort under an ambitious master plan designed to draw more people here and keep them longer. Parcels of unused land will be filled in while still preserving the large amounts of green space that define Kingsmill.
Highlights of the expansion at Kingsmill include:
* New marina and restaurant.
* Family swimming complex.
* New 210-room hotel.
* Second conference center.
* Restaurants along Route 60.
* Home sites on Woods Course.
* Condos on the River Course.
* Cottages along the river.
* More walk able accessibility.
* Renovated main building.
* Redesigned tennis center.
* Reconfigured pool setting.
Marina – First up, the outdoor restaurant will be razed to develop a larger, year-round restaurant extending to a second story, with 85 seats under roof. The kingsmill restaurant today is limited by weather and season. The deck will be expanded for more tables as well. The site will still be accessible by car, but by the river walkway as well. Roads leading to the boat ramp will be narrowed, and the beach will be expanded for volleyball and other activities. The marina may get an additional dock to handle more transient and resident boats, if dredging allows. Raymond characterized that as a “future project.”
Swimming – Next to break ground, three new kingsmill pools will displace the existing pool. They will have a lazy river ride and a sandy beach with palm trees, as well as a snack bar. To make way, the Bray Links 9-hole Course will disappear in favor of mini-golf elsewhere. “Our new pool facilities will have the bells and whistles that keep kids happily entertained, while the new hotel and conference facilities will make doing business at Kingsmill more seamless than ever before,” said Gordon Taylor, vice president of Xanterra Parks & Resorts.
Hotel – 210 rooms will eventually be built in four stories in a rectangular building along the 18th kingsmill fairway and pond, where visitors can see the final shots of approaching golfers. The allusion was to a future pro tour event, replacing the LPGA and PGA tours. A new restaurant and lounge are planned, as well as a new golf pro shop. The hotel will link to the existing conference center by covered walkway.
New Conference Center – Comprising 15,000 square feet, it will rise three stories in a similar rectangle. It will double existing space and open Kingsmill up to significant new business. Carson, said, “We’re woefully short of meetings space, especially for trade shows.” A pier will be built below the new Conference Center for bigger ships, handling dinner cruises and the like.
Existing Conference Center – It will be redesigned with a more friendly lobby. Moody’s lounge upstairs will be opened up for more natural light and to take advantage of “some of the best views of the whole resort,” Raymond said. A large lawn behind the main building will be designed for tented wedding receptions and outdoor events.
Frontage – To raise the profile of the resort, up to 60,000 square feet of new shops and restaurants are envisioned along the main entrance on Route 60, “to bring the resort to the road,” Raymond said. Half of the available 18 acres will be reserved for maintenance and employee parking, where they will be shuttled. This is the site of the original boat tarmac, next to the brewery.
Home sites – Raymond alluded to reports in the Gazette that the Woods Course at kingsmill might be scrapped for houses. “Not quite,” he quipped. Instead, four golf holes will be repositioned to open up 95 lots. “If you really want to protect the Woods Course, then building homes along it will prevent it from going away.”
River Course ––18 condos are planned on land that separates the first and second holes from the eighth and ninth. In addition, homes are planned along the fifth and sixth holes near Harrop’s Glen, and the nearby boat/RV tarmac will be transformed into a cul de sac of houses. More dramatic are nearly three dozen home sites bordering the 16th and 17th holes of the River Course, as well as a hole on the Plantation Course.
Cottages – There was room for 85 at 2,400 square feet each, but Philip Anschutz, whose development company owns Xanterra, walked the property and insisted on preserving the trees at kingsmill, so the number was reduced to 33. Five smaller cottages in the spirit of the cabins at Augusta National are planned on the site of the golf putting green, which will be moved.
Tennis – The 15 courts have “very little utilization,” which will change by developing destination packages that include lessons and the other Kingsmill amenities.
Golf Club – It will remain largely the same for now except that the restaurant will be reconfigured for more casual dining. The Sports Center at kingsmill in the existing Conference Center will be upgraded.
The new resort hotel building will sit to the south of and on the site of the current Eagles restaurant and lounge as well as the golf pro shop. Timing for the new hotel has not been finalized. Various other upgrades such as a new entrance and walkways throughout the resort are also planned.
Kingsmill’s multi-million-dollar master plan has been designed to complement the great facilities that already exist at the resort, while capitalizing on its convenient and scenic location along the beautiful James River. Already one of the best resorts along the east coast, the planned improvements will raise Kingsmill’s profile yet again for business, meeting and leisure travelers. “This plan has something for all of our guests, whether they are on business, enjoying a family vacation, getting married or having a golf getaway,” said Gordon Taylor, vice president of Kingsmill Resort operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “Our new pool facilities will have the bells and whistles that keep kids happily entertained, while the new hotel and conference facilities will make doing business at Kingsmill more seamless than ever before. Kingsmill hosts dozens of weddings every year, and now our couples will have even more choices for staging the wedding of their dreams. And golfers will certainly like the new pro shop and restaurant.”
|UPDATE JUNE 2012
Two of three new residential sections will require rezoning and thus get a full public airing at hearings, at some unspecified date.
KCSA the homeowners association “has not entered yet into any agreement about future development with Xanterra Parks & Resort,” the new owner of Kingsmill Resort. As a result, the new homes would not automatically fall under KCSA, but Raymond expressed Xanterra’s eagerness to join. That’s important, because otherwise scores of new homes would fall outside the homeowner covenants and get a free ride for neighborhood amenities, primarily roads. Cucuel clarified that unless Xanterra agrees and the residents vote them in, the developer is exempt from the protective covenants that distinguish the planned community.
Busch Properties still retains pockets of land for future home sites, and it owns the Kingsmill half of the Country Road, which Colonial Williamsburg closed when it sold Carter’s Grove Plantation. Kingsmill Resort general manager Robin Carson said, “Nobody is pushing anybody off the use of the road, but nobody is doing any maintaining. There are ‘Use At Your Own Risk’ signs that say this.”
Xanterra has just completed the new James Landing Grille at the marina, which is scheduled for a soft opening this weekend.
Construction of a pool and “lazy river” entertainment section and outdoor bar behind the resort will be ready later this summer. The indoor pools of the Sports Center have been refurbished as well.
Two proposed sections of cottages have stirred some grumbling for potentially blocking the views of those living in Moody’s Run and Burwell’s Landing. Raymond said some of the cottages have been trimmed from two stories to one. Other residents have worried that small cottages would hurt the property values of big houses nearby. One set of cottages between the 16th hole of the River Course and 18th hole of the Plantation Course has been upgraded to “River Estates” of large houses, comparable to existing homes. Around 20 home sites in three small sections are planned between holes 5 and 6 of the River Course, near Harrop’s Glen. Raymond stipulated they would be subject to rezoning and public hearings. Another 95 homes are planned on the Woods Course as holes 12-15 are repositioned. Raymond said the home sites would border the course as it’s reconfigured
Kingsmill will be applying for a variety of county permits and has scheduled several meetings with area residents and homeowners associations to share its “master plan” for resort upgrades and development of real estate within the Kingsmill community. The first meeting was held Thursday, July 21, 2011.
Several parcels of land are already zoned and under consideration for development, added Taylor. Timing has not been determined for such development. Artists’ renderings and other graphic displays providing more details of the projects will be on display in the Kingsmill Resort lobby beginning the last week of July.
"This plan has something for all of our guests, whether they are on business, enjoying a family vacation, getting married or having a golf getaway,” said Gordon Taylor, vice president of Kingsmill Resort operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “Our new pool facilities will have the bells and whistles that keep kids happily entertained, while the new hotel and conference facilities will make doing business at Kingsmill more seamless than ever before. Kingsmill hosts dozens of weddings every year, and now our couples will have even more choices for staging the wedding of their dreams. And golfers will certainly like the new pro shop and restaurant.”
The long-term plan is to be phased in gradually over seven to 10 years.
Other additions to the resort will include a Second conference center., Restaurants along Route 60, Home sites on Woods Course., Condos on the River Course, Cottages along the river, Renovated main building., Redesigned tennis center. 18 condos are planned on the River Course Homes are also planned along the fifth and sixth holes near Harrop’s Glen, Home sites – 95 home sites on the Woods Course m 30+ home sites are to border the 16th and 17th holes of the River Course, as well as a hole on the Plantation Course.
The new master plan for Kingsmill was created by Winding Road Development Company LLC, a full service resort real estate company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona who was hired to work on the envisioning and delivery of the New Kingsmill experience.
The Winding Road Development team specializes in creating unique destination places where visions turn into realities. Their team has a long history and experience in resort developments and has worked on world class resorts such as Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada as well as one of the world’s largest ski resort destinations – Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia not to mention numerous golf courses, hotel developments and resort communities around the world.
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