'One Water' project set for Boyne City location

August 21, 2009
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BOYNE CITY — One Water, a new waterfront development in Boyne City, is a $12 million project being pursued by developer and Charlevoix resident Glen Catt. Located on Lake Charlevoix in northwestern Lower Michigan, One Water will offer shops, lodging, dining and direct boating access to both Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. The property also will provide an extension of Boyne City's historic downtown and waterfront. 

"We took the time to listen to the community and it was clear that the project needed to fit with the current architecture and character of Boyne City," Catt said in a news release. "It paid off, as I think our development team did an exceptional job designing a project that extends Boyne City's Main Street to Lake Charlevoix."

Catt has family ties to Northern Michigan — his great-grandfather helped build U.S. 131 and his grandfather ran a chain of local grocery stores. Catt said he considers the One Water site the best location on Lake Charlevoix. In addition to the water frontage, he said he was sold on its proximity to both downtown and Boyne Mountain. 

"I think Boyne City is the perfect resort town to enjoy all four seasons," Catt says. "The location of our site allows for an active lifestyle with everything within walking distance."

The first phase of the project will comprise 6,500 square feet of restaurant and retail space, and is slated for completion by late spring 2010. Construction of the 3½-story, 37-room hotel, which will include 20 hotel rooms and 17 condominium suites, is scheduled to start in the spring of 2010 and should be ready for occupancy early summer 2011, Catt said. One Water's 24-slip marina will provide a dozen 45-foot slips, seven 65-foot slips and five 80-foot slips. The marina and accompanying yacht club is scheduled for completion in time for the 2010 boating season.

Catt said he has secured a partnership with a national resort to manage the hotel and condominium suites, and a "popular" northern Michigan restaurateur is planning to open a restaurant at the One Water location. Yacht club membership also will be available to condominium owners.

Catt bought the One Water property in March 2008. He received the final green light from city and county officials in early July, paving the way for a July 30 groundbreaking.

"In this challenging economy, it is a tremendous vote of confidence that Mr. Catt is making this investment in our community," said Jim Baumann, executive director of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce. "With a hotel, marina and waterfront restaurant, it will be a major magnet drawing visitors to Boyne City."

In addition to the tourism dollars the development hopes to generate, it is anticipated One Water will bring jobs to the area, as well as state brownfield redevelopment dollars to clean up what had been the site of an abandoned restaurant.

"This development will take a vacant lot and make it functional again," said Boyne City Manager Mike Cain. "The project will expand downtown and add new jobs to the community. We're very excited."

"The opportunity was there to buy the property at the right price," Catt said. "And because we are capturing future state and local new taxes to assist in the cleanup of the site, it really becomes a community project." Catt plans to use only northern Michigan contractors for the cleanup and building phases of the project.

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