CADILLAC — The Cadillac Sands Resort is now under new ownership and big plans are in the works to make the site a feature attraction in Cadillac West.

Cody Letts, who is one of the managers of the project, indicated that from now until next Memorial Day, they plan to make a number of significant renovations to the tune of $800,000 to $1 million.

No longer the Sands, the business has been renamed the Lake Cadillac Resort.

Crews from Gurden Construction already are present at the site, knocking down walls near the entrance, repouring pavement and gutting some of the rooms.

The intention is to create an open concept lobby area, with the bar and pool immediately visible from the entrance.

Those areas currently are closed to the public but they plan to open the outside bar area for drinks this weekend.

The outside bar has been equipped with all new furniture and they hope to be able to serve boating clientele throughout the summer.

They also are accepting tenants in the hotel; old rooms have been furnished with new beds and other amenities and rates will be discounted into the foreseeable future.

Over the course of the next several months, they will completely renovative all the old rooms three at a time. The rooms are quite outdated, with entrances from the outside and only tubs for bathing. Crews will make the rooms accessible only from the inside of the hotel, with the intention of improving the security of the site. They also will replace the tubs with standing showers, and install new windows, televisions and hanging paintings, among other upgrades.

The Sand Bar nightclub adjacent to the main building is closed right now but they intend to eventually reopen it as a restaurant of some type.

The resort is located off M-115 near the intersection with M-55 in Cadillac West. It is scenically positioned off the western shoreline of Lake Cadillac.

Wayne Fox owned and operated the business for the last 20 years.

Last year, Fox was in talks to sell the business to downstate developer Robb Munger, who planned to turn the 7-acre site into a large hotel, convention center, restaurant, retail establishments, residential facilities and a marina on Lake Cadillac.

This deal eventually fell through.

Renovations are expected to be finished sometime next year, with a grand opening tentatively scheduled around Memorial Day, 2020.

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