News for the Hospitality Executive
|By Kristin McAllister, Dayton Daily News, Ohio
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Mar. 24, 2004 - A national resort company is looking to partner with Paramount's Kings Island on a $60 million year-round indoor water park resort hotel and conference center near the amusement park in southern Warren County.
Plans are in the early stages, but Eric Lund, an owner of the Wisconsin-based Great Lakes Companies Inc. and senior vice president of sales and marketing, said things look promising for a Great Wolf Lodge Family Resort along Ohio 741.
"I think it would be great to put it there in Warren County," Lund said. "I hope it works out and we can put it together over the next couple of months."
Lund wouldn't speculate about an opening date, but said it likely would be before 2006.
The company this month asked Warren County commissioners for a break in its $1.1 million water connection fees for a 300-room resort and 55,000-square-foot indoor water park. However, the commissioners on Tuesday said they're not prepared to scale back on any charges until they get details from the company outlining water-use plans.
"Right now, I just don't think we should give them a break," Commissioner Larry Crisenbery said. "We need more information."
The resort would be constructed where the amusement park's campground now exists along Ohio 741 in Mason. The campground would be relocated to nearby property.
Kings Island officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Resort and hotel plans call for a theme detailing wilderness features found in the country's northern states, Lund said. The hotel will have a lodge appearance with a large stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings, spa and salon and arcade. The indoor water park would include waterfalls, slides, an interactive tree house and "lazy" rivers in which guests float along in the current.
Great Lakes has four lodge and resort facilities nationwide, one opening in June and three under construction.
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