The developers of a proposed resort near Mount Rainier are making enough progress and should continue with their plans, a Pierce County hearing examiner has ruled.
Stephen Causseaux Jr. issued his decision Feb. 11 after hearing testimony at a public hearing Jan. 15 in Tacoma.
The hearing was held to determine whether there has been enough progress on the project to keep it viable. No construction of the resort has occurred since plans were initially revealed nearly 20 years ago.
Representatives of the developer, BCB Group, testified that work on the project has continued despite financial setbacks caused by downturns in the economy, plus other factors involving the project’s chief backers.
Causseaux agreed that the project has made “reasonable progress,” but also said limiting factors “are now resolved and future progress on completion of the project should be as originally contemplated.”
Mount Rainier Resort at Park Junction is proposed for about 400 acres off State Route 706, halfway between Elbe and Ashford and 11 miles from Mount Rainier National Park. Plans call for a 270-room guest lodge, 300 condominiums, an 18-hole golf course, a conference center with a 500-person capacity, 20,000 square feet of space for retail stores, and restaurants, tennis courts and a swimming pool. It also would have a train station, its own sewage plant and housing for 120 employees.
(Read more in the Feb. 26 print edition of The Dispatch)