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April 29, 2014

Area leaders to DNR: Get Eagle Creek open

Local community leaders and lawmakers sent a simple message to the Department of Natural Resources -- Get Eagle Creek Resort open.

State Senator Chapin Rose organized a meeting in Findlay between DNR, local leaders, and lawmakers to discuss the need for the resort and ideas for reopening the shuttered building.

Eagle Creek was shuttered by court order in 2009 due to extensive mold found throughout the building. In 2010 BMDD of Decatur was awarded the lease to the property and golf course. BMDD opened The National golf course and began work on the resort with the expectation of opening the resort within a year or two. But work progressed slowly and after visiting the resort in December 2013, Senator Rose deemed the progress as “unacceptable” and encouraged DNR to push BMDD forward.

In March BMDD pull out of the project.

Earlier this month DNR and Green Golf Partners signed an agreement and the Eagle Creek Golf Course was reopened. But the fate of the resort is still unknown.

“What happened in the past is done. We want to focus on the future and what the resort can be,” Rose said. “The resort is a huge economic deal for this region. The DNR needs to hear that.”

Rose also presented pages of petitions with hundreds of names in support of reopening the resort.

DNR representative Mike Stevens said that tearing down the resort, as was suggested in another newspaper’s report, was not the agency’s plan.

“We want to help as much as we can to get it open to a feasible resort,” Stevens said.

“Returning the property to the Corps (of Engineers) is an option, but not one we’ve looked into yet,” said Todd Rettig, director of the DNR Office of Realty and Environmental Planning. “To do that everything would have to be removed from the property. We understand the importance Eagle Creek is to Moultrie and Shelby counties. We just need to know what the public wants out of Eagle Creek.”

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