GLOUSTER, Ohio -- A state-owned lodge at a state park in southeast Ohio's Athens County is to be reopened this fall. Its rooms are expected to receive extensive renovations.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently announced that U.S. Hotels, a hospitality company, will operate Burr Oak Lodge and Conference Center in Glouster under a two-year contract. It has been closed since January because of sparse use and its poor condition. The company that ran the 60-room lodge at Burr Oak State Park did not seek a new contract.
State officials considered razing the facility at a cost of $2 million, said Jim Zehringer, director of the Department of Natural Resources, which must redirect money to support the renovations. That requires approval from the State Controlling Board.