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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Work on Boardwalk Village units nears completion

By William Kincaid

Photo by Paige Sutter/The Daily Standard

The first phase of Boardwalk Village is nearing completion along West Bank Road in Celina. A grand opening event scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 27 will allow the public to discover the units available for reservation.

CELINA — On June 1, they’ll have fun at Boardwalk Village, a $22 million vacation rental community inspired by Key West and walkable along West Bank Road.

Construction is nearing the finish line and guests will begin arriving at cottages on June 1 and townhouses on July 25, said Brianna Obringer, marketing coordinator for Bruns Construction Enterprises.

Cabin reservations began in November and townhouse reservations in March, with about 130 reservations confirmed on Friday. Boardwalk Village will be open for reservations and available year-round.

“From vacations, couples getaways and family reunions to friends trips, events, area tours and more – we’ve seen a wide variety of people book stays at Boardwalk Village for different reasons,” said Obring to the newspaper.

To mark the imminent completion of the first phase of Boardwalk Village, Bruns officials will hold a grand opening from 2-6 p.m. on May 27.

“A great way to kick off Memorial Day weekend, it’s a free event open to the public and a great way for people to tour the inside and outside of every type of unit in Boardwalk Village,” she said.

The first phase represents a $5.7 million investment, one component of a proposed $22 million multi-phase project that will include multiple vacation rentals.

Photo by Paige Sutter/The Daily Standard

The first phase of Boardwalk Village is nearing completion along West Bank Road in Celina. A grand opening event scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 27 will allow the public to discover the units available for reservation.

The first phase includes five small cabins, three large cabins, four two-story townhouses and two three-story penthouses, totaling 14 units in total, Obringer said.

RCS Construction, the developer and general contractor, is on track to have the chalets, pool and grilling station complete by June 1 and the construction of townhouses with six rental units ready to go. by the end of July, according to Obringer.

The village is anchored by the Boardwalk Grill restaurant, which is now open year-round.

“We want this to feel like a vacation, an oasis in rural America,” said Nikki Herring, property manager for Bruns Construction Enterprises late last year. “It’s going to be a Key West vibe that we’re going to.”

“We want to connect with downtown,” Obringer said. “We love that we’re so close to downtown where people can go and visit different stores and then come back here.”

Boardwalk Village officials believe the site will not only raise Celina’s profile as a destination town, but also boost awareness in surrounding communities and boost commerce.

Additionally, Boardwalk Village, they say, will diversify lodging experiences in the Grand Lake area and increase short-term rental offerings, a benefit for businesses looking to temporarily house employees.

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