Sugar Loaf owner holds forum about future of resort
LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Community members in Leelanau County met with a business owner about the future of a local resort Friday.
The owner of Sugar Loaf, Jeff Katofsky, met with the community about his plans to reopen the resort.
It was standing room only during the meeting at the Leelanau County Governmental Center.
Katofsky told the crowd that he will be bring Sugar Loaf back as a resort, rather than a hotel. He says he has high hopes of it being considered a four star all season resort.
He plans to take away the landing strip on the property, and he wants to grow grapes in order to make a Sugar Loaf wine that would be sold at the resort.
One of the biggest changes Katofsky talked about was the resort's ski hill. He says the current ski equipment is coming down, but he's not sure if he'll be replacing it.
"There's not a single thing on that hill that can be used," Katofsky said. "If you've been out there at all you see I've got some guys out there, we are taking it all down. It's dangerous, it doesn't work it cannot work, it cannot be retrofitted, it's going away. Whether we put Humpty Dumpty back together again and make it a ski hill...I don't know the answer. We're looking at numbers now."
To hear more about Katofsky's plan and a timeline for construction, you can view the full meeting which was live-streamed at the Leelanau.com Facebook page.