Queen­stown Har­bor plans cot­tages, events barn

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­pub.com

QUEEN­STOWN — Queen­stown Har­bor Golf is plan­ning on adding 11 cot­tages and an events barn. In­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments for the project start this win­ter.

Out of the 850 acres on the prop­erty, 42 acres will be de­voted to the project, which adds a new hospitality busi­ness to Queen­stown Har­bor, said John An­deres, direc­tor of golf and grounds.

Three ren­tal cot­tages will be con­structed at first then the barn and cot­tages as need for the mar­ket, he said. The cot­tages will ac­com­mo­date dif­fer­ent numbers of guests. The big­gest cot­tages will ac­com­mo­date 12 to 16 peo­ple, the small­est four to six peo­ple. There are no cot­tages there now.

“The events barn is an­tic­i­pated to be 7,500 square feet and ac­com­mo­date 250 plus peo­ple. It’s po­si­tioned right along the Ch­ester River with a great lawn..It will be used for cor­po­rate meet­ings and events like wed­dings.”

Queen­stown Har­bor an­tic­i­pates to start con­struc­tion of the in­fra­struc­ture like util­i­ties and roads this win­ter, he said. Con­struc­tion of the cot­tages will be in the spring of next year and open that fol­low­ing fall.

“This will be a new hospitality part of he busi­ness to en­hance our golf,” An­deres said. “In the fu­ture, we see cor­po­rate groups stay and play and [other] guests. We an­tic­i­pate hav­ing an en­hanced golf academy for peo­ple who want to stay and learn.”

Be­sides adding a hospitality com­po­nent of the busi­ness, the project will also bring more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for ca­ter­ing and clean­ing staff as well jobs needed for con­struc­tion, he said. “We’ve been a huge part of the Queen­stown com­mu­nity. And part of our goal in this is to en­hance the com­mu­nity,” he said

The events barn re­places a ho­tel which was once planned for the same site, but the ho­tel wasn’t fea­si­ble. As for the cot­tages, they will al­ways planned.

An­deres doesn’t ex­pect any prob­lems from the Queen­stown govern­ment about the project. Queen­stown Har­bor has worked with town of­fi­cials for years since the project’s in­cep­tion.

On Nov. 3, the town Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ap­proved the project. “Upon ap­proval of the town, we are ready to pro­ceed,” An­deres said.

Ho­gie Schus­ter, then chair­man of the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, said the town com­mis­sion­ers’ ap­proval wasn’t needed. Schus­ter is now a town com­mis­sioner.

Queen­stown Har­bor is owned by the Brick Com­pa­nies, a pri­vately held com­pany based in Edge­wa­ter. It owns, de­vel­ops and man­ages com­mer­cial, res­i­den­tial and recre­ational prop­er­ties in and around the Dis­trict of Columbia, Mary­land, Vir­ginia and other U.S. mar­kets.

The Queen­stown golf course has 36 holes which are equally di­vided into two 18-hole cham­pi­onship course. One is a river course, the other the lakes course. In 2010, the golf course was ren­o­vated to ac­com­mo­date the new project.

At first in the 1990s, the busi­ness was called Queen­stown Golf Links, but over the years, the name be­came Queen­stown Har­bor Golf. The whole prop­erty is 850 acres of which 270 acres was do­nated to the Eastern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy. The do­nated land is a wooded area and won’t be de­vel­oped.


John An­deres, direc­tor of golf and grounds at Queen­stown Har­bor Golf, shows the site plan which en­tails adding 11 cot­tages and an events barn on the prop­erty in Queen­stown.

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