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Soil tests begin for hotel project at Little Crow Country Club

NEW LONDON -- Soil borings were conducted last week at the Little Crow Country Club near New London as part of a process to determine if the site is suitable for construction of a proposed hotel, swimming pool, event center, restaurant and clubhouse.

Glacial Ridge Drilling
Brad Ruchti and Derick Ruchti, from Glacial Ridge Drilling, conducted soil borings last week at the Little Crow Country Club near New London to determine soil suitability for construction of a 51-room hotel, pools and 400-seat event center. Pending the results of the soil test, construction could begin in August. (CAROLYN LANGE | TRIBUNE)

NEW LONDON - Soil borings were conducted last week at the Little Crow Country Club near New London as part of a process to determine if the site is suitable for construction of a proposed hotel, swimming pool, event center, restaurant and clubhouse.
If it is, ground for the proposed complex could be broken in August and completed by next March.
“We’re doing our due diligence now and the soil borings are the prime one,” said Doug Dietz, a member of Glacial Ridge Hospitality LLC, which intends to purchase two acres of land from the Country Club to build a 51-room GrandStay Hotel and Suites.
The project would be coordinated with - and physically connected to - construction of a 300-seat event center, new restaurant and clubhouse undertaken by the Country Club.
A two-man crew took soil core samples that went 20 to 25 feet below the frozen surface of the ground at about 13 different locations on the two-acre site.
The “foundation investigation” will provide an analysis of organic material, the water table and other geological information about the site, said Brad Ruchti, of Glacial Ridge Drilling.
The samples will also reveal what efforts might be needed - and how much it would cost - to stabilize the soil for construction, Ruchti said.
Discussions on building a hotel and event center near New London began about 1-1/2 years ago after a feasibility study that was conducted by the cities of New London and Spicer and New London Township indicated a need for additional hotel beds in the community, Dietz said.
The need is driven by businesses that need an overnight location for clients and tourists who have fewer options because of the decline of local resorts, he said.
“The last resort was just sold on Green Lake,” Dietz said. “Tourists have nowhere to stay.”
With New London’s boutiques that attract out-of-town shoppers and the upcoming construction of a performing arts auditorium at the New London-Spicer High School that could bring performers and a large audience to the area, Dietz said a hotel will “benefit the northern end” of Kandiyohi County.
Sitting on the grounds of the highly praised 27-hole golf course, and with easy access of state Highway 23, Dietz said the hotel will be a “good fit” with the Country Club.
“I think this will make us a go-to place,” Dietz said.
If plans proceed, the Country Club’s existing clubhouse and restaurant would be razed and new facilities built in a similar location.
The current plan has the hotel and pool constructed on the current driving range at the golf course.
Dietz said the actual siting of the buildings will likely be moved around, depending on the results of the soil borings.
He said construction will not begin until August in order not to interrupt the summer golf season.
It would be completed by March in time for the 2017 golf season.
TPI Hospitality, a Willmar based hotel and restaurant company, is developing a 52-room Hampton Inn Hotel across the street from Green Lake in Spicer that is also scheduled to be open in the spring of 2017.
Dietz said the feasibility study indicates there’s plenty of need in the community for two new hotels.

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