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Cass planners OK development plans for GullView Lodge

NISSWA — Cass County Planning Commission Monday approved development plans for converting the former Quarterdeck property into a new 68-suite GullView Lodge.

When developers are ready to begin construction, they will need to apply for a county land use permit, obtain landscape plan approval and obtain either a county or Minnesota Pollution Control Agency waste water plan, depending upon the volume of water involved, County Planner Paul Fairbanks said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

The planning commission approval was for a two-year permit, with the potential for an extension if needed, Fairbanks said. It is a water-oriented commercial use classification and operates under a conditional use permit.

Developers will continue to operate the former Quarterdeck resort lodge, cabins and restaurant this summer, according to a news release issued this week by GullView and SunStream Hotels and Resorts, which will operate the proposed new GullView complex.

The planning commission found in its analysis of the project that Quarterdeck has had no adverse effect on surrounding properties since its inception prior to Cass County zoning regulation in 1970. It further found the proposed GullView redevelopment concept for the 27-acre property meets current zoning regulations as long as it continues as primarily a rental concept and continuously carries a state resort license.

Prior to redevelopment, all existing structures will be removed. This will make way for a single 68-suite lake front lodge and new restaurant. Amenities will include an indoor/outdoor pool, conference and banquet facilities, a fitness center and game room and a children’s outdoor playground.

GullView Lodge plans to sell individual suites to private ownership, which can be occupied by buyers for up to six months of the year. Management will rent units for owners the balance of the year. None can be used as a primary residence or homesteaded.

Buyers can choose from among suite sizes ranging from a 335-square-foot studio apartment size to a one bedroom, two bedroom or a 1,354-square-foot three bedroom. All include full use of amenities.

All suites will feature designer appointments and be fully furnished to include linens and house wares, according to the developers. Pre-construction prices begin at $149,900.

They plan to install a new docking system for restaurant guests as well as lodge clientele. There will be a limited number of boatlifts with canopies.

SunStream Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., will oversee the development and management for GullView Lodge. SunStream has over 26 years of experience in development, real estate and hospitality management. They have over 400 employees.

“It is anticipated that the new lodge will provide 18 employment opportunities to include a full-time concierge to assist lodge owners and guests with on-site services or to arrange for that perfect golf game, favorite dining spot or suggestions for area attraction,” according to David Lawrence, SunStream president.

He reported 15 suites have been reserved already, adding that a new sales office will open at the GullView property, 9820 Birch Bay Drive, just off County Road 77. GullView can be contacted by calling 866-347-0331 or through their website at

SunStream specializes in resort development, real estate and hospitality management. To learn more about SunStream’s portfolio of hotels and resorts visit