At its regular July meeting, the Chewelah City Council unanimously approved a $100,000 bid award to Versatile Industries Inc. of Ione for repaving and extending the taxilane at Sand Canyon Airport.
The airport project will repave the existing 292-foot taxilane and construct a 215-foot extension to the taxilane. The exisitng taxilane, which serves seven hangars, is over 25 years old and in need of rehabilitation, according to design Although planning for the new development began almost 20 years ago when Eminger purchased the alpine ski resort, and infrastructure and road building started last year, this summer marks the start of major transformations at the Alpine Glades Phase 1 residential development.
This year, Eminger expects to finish paving of the 2-mile Nelson Creek Road and begin construction on a single family home, 5-plex townhouse, and 8-plex condominium. The condominium units are sold out and are anticipated to be occupied by December, according to Eminger.
The Alpine Glades Phase 1 development sits on 50 acres within the 320-acre private property. The entire property is planned to be developed in phases over the next 20 years, with a total investment of nearly $500 million. The new development is adjacent to the existing 2300-acre resort which operates under a permit from the U.S. Forest Service.
Eminger is hopeful that Sunrise Basin, Washington’s only ski-in, ski-out resort development, will grow into a year-round community with additional improvements including lodges, trails, and other resort amenities.
For more information on the Sunrise Basin development, visit www.live49n.com. For more information on 49 Degrees Mountain Resort, visit www.ski49n.com.
By Jared Arnold/The Independent Staff