A plan drafted by the Fiore Companies earlier this year called for razing many existing resort buildings such as this and replacing them with condominiums.
A plan drafted by the Fiore Companies earlier this year called for razing many existing resort buildings such as this and replacing them with condominiums.

   A transaction appears to be in the works concerning the Heidel House property.

   After talking to seven people — all of whom declined to be named for this story — the Commonwealth has learned that a partnership may be nearing an agreement to develop acreage Madison-based Fiore Companies owns on the south side of Illinois Avenue.

   The five parties involved in the venture — four of whom live at least part-time along the lake — hope to redevelop the site to host a boutique-style hotel in a renovated main lodge building as well as build condominiums.

   The redevelopment would occur on the resort’s 18 acres, with 1,100 feet of lake shore on the northeast side of Green Lake, now occupied by the 74-year-old resort’s lodging and dining properties.

   The site’s multiple buildings — most of which likely would be razed — now include 165 hotel rooms and suites, 15,000 square feet of meeting space, three restaurants (Grey Rock, the Sunroom and the Boathouse), an outdoor pool and an outdoor site for weddings.

   Though the Commonwealth has been unable to confirm site plans, a land-use schematic Fiore drafted in February had called for the hotel to have 44 rooms, and the property to include rows of single-and double-unit condominums with some closest to the lake having shared dock space and one along Illinois Avenue having four stories and underground parking.

Read the full story in the Sept. 26, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.