A popular tourist destination in Deadwood is planning a $35 million condominium-hotel expansion, but some residents oppose the project.
The Chalets at Deadwood Mountain Grand proposal calls for 103 one- and two-bedroom units on a steep hillside known as McGovern Hill. Condo owners would be entitled to three weeks of occupancy during the year, with the units rented out the other weeks.
Deadwood Mountain Grand CEO Robert Ekman says the condos could attract a high-profile clientele not currently seen in the Old West gambling town.
Some residents think the project will mar the hillside view, and that absentee condo-owners won't contribute anything to the community.
Deadwood was born in a gold rush and is now known as a destination for 2 million gamblers and other tourists each year.