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Birkie Foundation moves forward with plans to demolish former Telemark Lodge

CABLE, WI -- The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is moving forward with plans to demolish Cable's former Telemark Lodge with an eye on redeveloping the property.

The Cable Town Board voted unanimously June 17 to support the Birkie Foundation's application for a state grant to help pay for tearing down the structure.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's Idle Sites Program offers grants of up to $500,000 to Wisconsin communities for the redevelopment of sites that have been idle, abandoned or underutilized.

Birkie Foundation Executive Director Ben Popp says the goal is to bring the Telemark Property back as a centerpiece of the Cable community.

“Our multi-phase plan for the Telemark property provides a realistic and financially appropriate cadence to redevelopment, beginning with trail infrastructure and removal of the Telemark Lodge buildings," Popp said. "We’re very excited at what the future hold.”

The organization already takes care of the trails around the lodge, which has been vacant for years.

The lodge used to draw people from around the world to Cable.

The ABSF hopes to close on purchase of the Telemark property in fall of 2020.

Briggs LeSavage

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