Homesteadplans Birch Bay facelift

Published on Thu, Jan 25, 2007 by ack Kintner

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Homestead plans Birch Bay facelift

By Jack Kintner

Homestead Northwest is currently renovating three Birch Bay landmarks and, if all goes according to plan, they and several more Homestead projects will be ready to go by next summer.

The golf course will be opened in June as the Sealinks Golf Course at Grand Bay Resort. It’s been re-sodded and converted from an 18-hole par three course to a 9-hole course with a couple of par fours, something Homestead representative Lisa Guthrie called an executive course.

The development company will also re-open the former Stephani’s Restaurant after an extensive re-model to the 70-year-old building is completed by early summer. The building will feature a wall of windows on the west side for an indoor view of the bay that will also be available from the deck.

As they have done with their Homestead Farms facility in Lynden, Guthrie said that they plan to decorate the restaurant and other buildings with old photographs and other memorabilia.

“We like information and stories from locals who remember the old days, and encourage people to contact us,” Guthrie said.

Homestead will also build a public plaza nearby that will feature much-needed public restrooms. Guthrie said this idea came out of many of Homestead’s employees having a history of going to Birch Bay in the summer, including Homestead owner Jim Wynstra, 63. In addition, the former Birch Bay Waterslides will re-open as the Grand Bay Resort Waterslides following a general clean-up and re-coating.
Homestead is also planning to develop another plat of single family houses near Bay Horizon Park.

The houses will be smaller than those in their Jackson Road plats, most under 2,000 square feet, but will still be detached individual units. Guthrie said that the company is also in the process of planning a condominium project on the tenth fairway at the Semiahmoo Golf Course adjacent to the clubhouse.For more information, or to share old memories, photographs or other material contact Guthrie at Homestead Northwest, 354-3366.