The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will soon begin construction on a $31 million lodge in Hocking Hills.
The lodge at 20020 State Route 664 S. is replacing one built in 1972. The building burnt down in December 2016 while undergoing renovations, according to ODNR documents, and the structure has since been demolished.
Millions of people visit Hocking Hills in Logan County each year, and it’s among the top 10 most popular parks in the nation, ODNR said.
The new full-service lodge will offer dining, conferencing, and approximately 80 guest rooms for overnight visitors. There will also be both indoor and outdoor pools for hotel guests and park visitors, according to the state documents.
ODNR recently requested $15 million be released from the State Controlling Board for the project to contract Corna Kokosing for Construction Manger at Risk services, according to the documents. Construction will cost $28.1 million plus an estimated fee range of 5.5 percent to 6.5 percent.
The board will vote on the funds Monday.
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