Illinois officials to begin search for vendor to run resort

Bidders wanted for Rend Lake Resort
Published: Jun. 15, 2018 at 4:51 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2018 at 1:54 AM CDT
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REND LAKE, IL (KFVS) - WHITTINGTON, IL (KFVS/AP) - Illinois officials have finished remediation efforts at a resort in the southern part of the state and will soon begin seeking a new vendor to run the site.

The department closed the site in 2016 because of mold, peeling paint and other health-related issues, as well as payment issues with the vendor.

"And at the end of August is when they will actually look at those bids, said Rep. Dan Severin. "Hopefully we have at least one, possibly several would be awesome for people to come and bid on this. And then probably the end of August is when the IDNR would award the successful bidder the ability to come to take this facility over."

Representative Severin says the bidder chosen to oversee the rest of restorations of Rend Lake Resort would be purchasing a lease agreement on the property, and not actually buy it.

One of the potential bidders is Dirk Borgsmiller, who says he's been looking into being the resorts concierge since its closure in December 2016.

"As time has gone on, I feel very pessimistic now because of the shape that it's in," he said.

Based on what he's seen on the inside of the buildings, he believes whoever takes over the resort will have to do a complete overhaul of the interiors. But once repairs are made there's still the matter of getting people to come back as customers.

"When you miss three seasons in the resort business, that's very bad and unfortunately I don't see that being avoidable now," he said.

He says so far, the state has spent around $1.3 million on mold remediation and removal of one building.

Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved .The Associated Press contributed to this report.