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Developer announces plans for all-season lodge on Mt. Lemmon

Posted at 4:26 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 11:03:10-05

SUMMERHAVEN, Ariz. — The town of Summerhaven may see big changes soon, with two hospitality projects in the works on Mt. Lemmon.

The mountain town currently has only private cabins, but may soon have a hotel and a lodge.

A developer released plans to build multiple cottages at the site of the Alpine Lodge, which burned down in 2003. But that’s not the only place in town where visitors may soon have the choice to stay.

Real estate developer Diana Osborne announced plans for a lodge in Summerhaven Wednesday after she purchased a plot of land across from the General Store.

"It's going to have a big, two-sided fireplace with seating, a gift shop like a national park gift shop -- we are going to focus on our heritage on the mountain," she said.

Osborne says she just announced her plans to build a lodge in Summerhaven after purchasing a plot of land across from the General Store.

"I think its very invigorating," she said. "I think it will revitalize Summerhaven more in an all-season environment, rather than in the summer and when there's snow."

The developer of the hotel says they are planning to open next summer.

Osborne says it will probably take longer to build the lodge -- they will be at a community meeting about the project on Dec. 19.