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Closed Hoosier Resort Undergoing Changes

May 24, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Some of the “cabins” at the Oakwood Resort in northern Indiana

An abandoned tourist attraction on the shores of the largest natural lake in Indiana is set to reopen next month, thanks to a nearly $7 million investment.

Oakwood Resort, which closed in 2008, sits on seven acres along Lake Wawasee in Kosciusko County and the project has been under what the developers call a “crazy” schedule over the last four months, Inside INdiana Business reported. CEO Jeremiah Heierman says there are plans to employ around 125 full and part-time workers during the summer, fall and Christmas seasons.

Fort Wayne-based Yellow Retirement Communities is the project’s developer and has set up Oakwood Resort LLC to manage its affairs.

The grounds have served as a resort since the 1890s.

The property currently features an 80-room hotel, three conference centers, a 500-seat banquet center and several vacation homes.

Heierman says plans are in the works to redevelop a convention hall that would serve up to 900 guests and a fisherman’s-style hotel with around one dozen cabin rooms.

Click here to listen to a brief interview with Heierman.

 

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