One of the most ardent supporters of the Lake Cumberland area told the Commonwealth Journal his current business schedule will keep him from responding to a proposal to build and operate a private lodge facility and possibly other amenities on General Burnside Island State Park.
“We probably will not be sending a proposal during this round of RFPs (Requests for Proposals),” said R. Dudley Webb, chairman of the board and co-founder of The Webb Companies, Lexington. I’ve got my hands full ... I’m tied up night and day for the next 30 days (on CentrePointe, a commercial and retail project currently under development in Downtown Lexington). We’re trying to get the bonds closed on (CentrePointe).”
However, Webb said, “We love the (Burnside) area. We love the project. We are totally supportive, ... I will make myself available to anyone we can to make the Burnside state park project happen.”
The Webb Companies have developed several marines on Lake Cumberland and one on Dale Hollow Lake
Dudley Webb and his (late) brother Donald expressed intense interest in the Burnside lodge project when initial Requests for Proposals were issued some seven or eight years ago. The Webbs responded to the proposals which were found for some unannounced reason not to be compliant. The project was shelved until being revived last year when repairs on Wolf Creek Dam were completed and Lake Cumberland returned to normal levels.
Parks Commissioner Elaine N. Walker said the deadline for responding to the current request for proposals has been moved back to 3 p.m. March 26 to allow a potential responder to conduct a feasibility study.
What the Kentucky Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet wants are proposed master plans from potential developers/operators. Paul Gannoe, executive director, Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, said the entire 430-acre island is open for development but private operation of the golf course “ ... is either in or out.”
Michael Czerwonka, Louisville, president of Czerwonka & Associates, during a pre-proposal conference in January, told the Commonwealth Journal his firm is definitely interested in the project.
Among those present at the a pre-proposal conference were Tim Smith, regional vice president, Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, Buffalo, N.Y.; Joseph Quagliana, chief estimator and lead project and facilities manager for Delaware North; and James C. Codell IV, president, Codell Construction Management, Winchester.