GAYLORD – Since 1939, the Otsego Club and Resort in Gaylord has been offering guests “casual elegance.” And by September, that offering will expand by more than 20,000 square feet.

A $1.4 million conference and special events center will be added onto the main lodge. It will include a 10,000 square-foot banquet room with seating for 500 guests, along with a boardroom, offices and state-of-the-art equipment.

“It will have the most up-to-date audio/visual and satellite,” said Keith Gornick, Otsego Club owner and president.

The addition is only one part of a $200 million plan that will encompass a housing development, a fifth golf course, “The Tribute,” designed by former PGA Tour Professional Gary Koch, two new ski runs, and ski-in, ski-out facilities.

“We really need those facilities to handle our additional volume,” he said. “We simply outgrew our space.”

The entire project is designed to create a “four seasons village” where Gornick believes his guests will enjoy “more bang for their buck.”

Naturally, Gornick says, this addition will reflect the lodge’s alpine look, which sparked the entire city’s well-known theme some 40 years ago.

“Any new construction that we have is certainly going to reflect the charm and success of that architectural style,” he said. BIZNEWS