After more than three years of planning, the developers of Old Kinderhook unveiled plans for a multi-million destination hotel.
Old Kinderhook Executive Director Bob Renken unveiled plans for the development's newest project, an 84 room lodge and conference center, during a reception at the venue on Wednesday. The development is located west of Camdenton off of U.S. Highway 54 on Eagle Ridge Road on the 12-mile marker of the Big Niangua.
"The lodge completes the destination resort experience at Old Kinderhook. For nearly 15 years, Old Kinderhook has built a reputation for exceptional golf, outstanding dining venues, marina facilities and lake living the way it's meant to be. With the addition of 84 guest rooms, a state of the art conference center and new amenities, we will better serve the 25,000 people that visit Old Kinderhook each year and welcome new guests," Renken said. "Our goal is to capture a true lodge feel. Our new lodge will allow recreational and business guests the opportunity to enjoy Old Kinderhook year-round."
Additional amenities will allow the staff at Old Kinderhook to keep the tourist season alive throughout the year, with an emphasis on the shoulder season. Indoor and outdoor pools, seasonal ice skating rink and expanded recreation, spa and marina facilities will be on site for residents and visitors.
“With the 84 room hotel and the conference center we are going to be able to expand our season as much as anything. Bringing in the new amenities including the indoor pool and outdoor ice-skating rink will open us up for business in December, January and February and just add another piece to the puzzle here at Old Kinderhook,” Renken said.
Renken estimates the project costs to be approximately $10 million. At least 20 new jobs will be created. The new lodge will be located adjacent to the existing golf shop. Thomas Construction of Osage Beach has been selected to head up the project which is estimated to be completed in 12 months.
“It’s exciting because we have all been through tougher times. I think it’s encouraging to see places move forward. I think we are going to see a lot of that in this community in the next few years, “ Renken added.
Construction is expected to be completed in late 2014.