The city of Liberty Lake, Wash. plans to tear down the existing 7,200-sq. ft. clubhouse and build an upgraded facility with meeting rooms and a banquet hall. Plans also include improving efficiencies through a reconfiguration of the driving range, and opening opportunities for additional parking.
A capital facilities plan is in place to commit $8.4 million to upgrade the 55-acre, city-owned Trailhead Golf Course in Liberty Lake, Wash., the Spokane Journal of Business reported. The city plans to tear down the existing 7,200-sq.-ft. clubhouse and build an upgraded facility with meeting rooms and a banquet hall, said Lisa Key, Director of Planning and Engineering for the city of Liberty Lake.
Plans also include a reconfiguration of the driving range that will be more efficient and open opportunities for additional parking, Key told the Journal of Business. The need to renovate the 50-year-old clubhouse has been listed as a top priority in recent years and has been a topic of conversation for at least 10 years, she said.
“It’s something the community talks about often,” Key said. “It’s in a very prominent location and really has the potential to be a centerpiece for the city.”
Some minor improvements will be made to the golf course, but the main focus is the clubhouse, driving range, and parking capacity, Key told the Journal of Business. The project team hopes the renovation creates flexible space where events such as corporate meetings, weddings, and other social gatherings can take place. She added that the city lacks such event space.
The city also is looking for a restaurateur to occupy the clubhouse and has created a selection committee to review formal proposals, the Journal of Business reported. The current tenant, Palenque Mexican Restaurant, is on a month-to-month lease while it is building a new location elsewhere.
Spokane-based Bouten Construction Co. will be the contractor on the Trailhead project, and Coeur d’Alene-based Architects West Inc. will design it, Key told the Journal of Business.
The project is being funded in part by real estate excise tax revenue, and the city also is looking into issuing bonds for further financing, the Journal of Business reported.
“We have funds in reserve to do this project, but I think the intent is to go after a bond because it makes sense in this economy,” said Key.
Currently, the city is trying to finalize costs before sending the final design to the City Council for approval, Key told the Journal of Business. She estimates the permitting stage of the project will begin in the spring, and construction is projected to be completed by mid-2023.
Key told the Journal of Business the project team is mindful of potential delays.
“We’re going to try and stage this as the timing makes sense,” she said. “In our construction [projections] right now, there are items that have a long lead time. As we move through the design process, we will be ordering some of those longer-lead-time items to make sure we are going to meet our schedule.”
The city of Liberty Lake’s capital facilities plan is an outlook for the city’s needs for capital investments over the next six years, the Journal of Business reported. It’s updated on an annual basis.