Plans for $160M Condo Resort in Wisconsin Dells Moves Forward

Cambrian Development will take the next step in building the Grand Cambrian Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., now that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has granted the company the requisite Chapter 30 construction permit. The luxury condominium resort, highlighted by a water park and convention center, will cost $160 million to complete.Located off Highway 16 on Lynch Road in the Lower Dells’ Rocky Island region, the Grand Cambrian (pictured) will occupy 112 acres along 2,000 feet of Wisconsin River shoreline on a site that had been utilized for boat launching for 26 years beginning in 1959, and most recently, for business storage and personal property. The development will feature 323 condos, townhomes and condo-hotel style residences, as well as two water parks, 35,000 square feet of meeting space and 85,000 square feet of indoor entertainment space. Additionally, the resort will include a spa, four restaurants and retail offerings.The permit represents DNR’s approval of the Grand Cambrian as a project that has been designed to avoid negatively impacting the area’s scenic river views, wildlife habitat and surface water use. The Wisconsin Dells City Council and the City of Wisconsin Dells Plan Commission have also signed off on the project.Mixed-use lodging and water park properties are becoming increasingly popular across the country. According to Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting’s 2008 construction report, through expansion or new development, 33 hotels with indoor water parks opened across the country last year, representing an increase of 20.9 percent in guestrooms at water park hotel destinations. A total of 83 hotel water park projects are either currently in the construction phase or are scheduled to break ground in 2008, and 55 properties are scheduled to open this year. Established in 2005, Cambrian Development is a joint venture between majority owner Ron Flock and managing member Mac McDonald. The partnership was created for the purpose of developing a major riverfront project in Wisconsin Dells.