Queenstown Harbor plans cottages, events barn
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.