A former ski resort located in Northern Michigan has been demolished. It had stood empty for 20 years.
Sugar Loaf in Leelanau County, northwest of Traverse City, once attracted 3,000 skiers a day in winter back in its heyday in the 1970s. Powder skier magazine said that the resort was “the jewel of the Midwest”.
It once hosted a ski school, lodge, hotel, golf course and recreational room. Powder reports that Sugar Loaf changed ownership several times after years of poor management. The resort eventually closed down. According to Powder, Sugar Loaf has looked like a ghost-town since its closing in 2000. It is said that the resort looks almost abandoned with graffiti everywhere and wildlife roaming through rooms.
According to photographs taken by Cars 108 in Michigan, furniture has been damaged and taken apart to make room for valuable items. Glass is broken everywhere, and moss overtook tables and ski racks.
Once the largest employer in the county, Sugar Loaf turned into a ghost resort overnight, its rusting infrastructure creating an eerie vibe as nature slowly overtook its buildings.
Tim Stein (the Cleveland Township supervisor) stated that his township was extremely pleased with the demolition of the buildings. “The building will no longer pose any health or safety hazards.” “It has just come to pass. It took 20 years of work.
Demolition crews using heavy equipment began taking big bites out of buildings last week, the Record-Eagle reports.
Marilyn Bordeaux said that her only observation was “yahoo”, and she lives in a condo on the property.
The former resort was described by her as “horrendous” and an “eyesore.”
Sugar Loaf is a famous target for ambitious entrepreneurs. Over the years, it has also become a symbol for failed and broken dreams.
Jeff Katofsky, a real estate developer bought Sugar Loaf with plans to invest $134million in the property and transform it into a high-end resort year round. Plans for Sugar Loaf also included destroying its hotel and replacing it with a massive vineyard to produce in-house wine, the Record-Eagle reports.
These ambitions have clearly not been achieved, and we don’t know what Sugar Loaf will look in the years ahead.
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