CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT: Crystal reveals its $60 million plan

THOMPSONVILLE – Crystal Mountain will dig in this summer on its new Kinlochen Lodge and Clubhouse. The project marks the start of a 10-year, $60 million expansion plan at the northern Michigan resort.

Also on tap for Crystal: a pedestrian village, 18 more holes of traditional-style golf, a spa and 10 to 12 additional ski slopes, bringing Crystal’s total slopes to approximately 45.

“In creating the Crystal Village, we’re taking careful measures to incorporate the character and history of our Northern Michigan setting,” said Chris MacInnes, president of Crystal Properties and senior vice president of Crystal Mountain. “The early stages of our planning included taking photographs of and studying the architecture and buildings of our neighboring Northern Michigan’s towns and villages. As you know, these communities were not built overnight–they all have an ‘additive’ quality with varying architectural styles and features.”

Located at the base of the slopes, the new Kinlochen Lodge and Clubhouse will span 27,000 square feet and serve as the southern portal for the new pedestrian village.

It will house all golfer services, an 85-seat, year-round restaurant and bar, and cross-country ski operations. Kinlochen will also feature a large outdoor deck and grill for socializing after a round of golf or day on the slopes.

Kinlochen’s upper two levels will be composed of 12 one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums. Quarter-ownership in these luxurious units begins at $79,900, and pre-sales are currently underway.

The name Kinlochen is derived from Kinlochaline, the ancient castle on the mainland of Scotland. The MacInnes’ ancestors were keepers of the castle. BN