The 104-room main lodge and golf pro shop at Atwood Lake resort will be razed.
Atwood Lake Resort, commonly known as Atwood Lodge, closed its doors in October. It had suffered from $1 million deficits in each of the last two years and historically had averaged $160,000 in annual losses since it opened in 1965.
That 3-2 vote was announced late Thursday by the board of directors of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.
The district, based in New Philadelphia, will focus on development of future recreational use of the 500-acre property southeast of Canton near Dellroy.
The district had tried unsuccessfully to find a new owner or operator for the lodge.
Occupancy rates and the use of the resort’s conference center had dropped sharply in recent years, while utility and maintenance costs had risen, officials said.
The resort also included 17 four-bedroom vacation cabins, two swimming pools, an 18-hole golf course, a nine-hole par-3 golf course, lounge and restaurant.
It is situated on more than 300 acres overlooking Atwood Lake.
The board action has no impact on Atwood Lake Park with its campground or the two marinas on Atwood Lake.
In other action, the board of directors finalized plans with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend $150 million to $175 million to improve the Bolivar Dam in northern Tuscarawas County.
That rehabilitation work is scheduled to get under way in 2013.
The district will contribute between $34.5 million to $40 million to deal with seepage concerns at the dam.
Work is already under way on $68.5 million in improvements to the Dover Dam, also in Tuscarawas County.
The district is funding its portion of the dam improvements with assessments charged to landowners from Akron to the Ohio River along the Tuscarawas and Muskingum rivers.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or email@example.com.