Clouds and sun

Influential Sacramento lobbyist-developer Darius Anderson wants to expand facility, concert stadium, perhaps add Indian casino

  • News lede/--1 of 2--Lisa Gagnon and Todd Flack (CQ) of Lakeport, take advantage of the off-season at Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa near Kelseyville, Ca., USA, Wednesday September 20, 2006 as they take in the early fall sunlight to round out their summer tans. The resort is being purchased by Sacramento developer and lobbyist Darius Anderson, who has floated some sprucing-up ideas, such as an Indian casino, a golf course and maybe homes or time share opportunities. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2006

A high-powered Sacramento lobbyist and developer is pursuing plans to buy Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa in Lake County and to redevelop the property, possibly to include an Indian casino.

Darius Anderson, a fund-raising expert and finance chairman for former Gov. Gray Davis, said Wednesday he is finalizing the agreement to buy the lakeside resort owned by a San Francisco-based plumbers union.

He said his company, Kenwood Investments, is exploring a variety of options for the destination resort. They include remodeling and expanding the hotel, building time-share condominiums, increasing seating capacity and installing luxury boxes at the outdoor concert venue and adding a casino. He said building a nine-hole golf course is another option.

Union officials did not return calls placed over the past week to confirm the pending deal.

The hotel and resort periodically has been rumored to be for sale.

The sale is seen as one way to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Labor Department, which alleges the union mishandled members' benefit plans by improperly funneling millions of dollars into the resort and concert venue.

Anderson, who also lives in Kenwood, declined to disclose the purchase price.

"We're finalizing a purchase and sales agreement. Hopefully, it will be signed by the end of the week," he said.

Konocti resort for decades has served as a family get-a-way offering boating, swimming, tennis and fishing.

Set on a cove on the south side of Clear Lake, the 100-acre resort in more recent years has become a venue for concertgoers from up and down the North Coast, with a 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater and 1,000-seat indoor concert hall that attract major acts. Lodging includes 250 rooms, suites and cottages.

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