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College sells 82-acre lodge property
A college has sold a long unused hotel and conference center property in the region.
An unnamed out-of-state buyer purchased the 82.6-acre Brook Lodge in Kalamazoo County, north of Augusta, from Michigan State University for $950,000, according to CBRE|Martin last month.
Van Martin, chairman and CEO of East Lansing-based CBRE|Martin, and associate Stephen Hershfield represented MSU in the sale. The buyer represented itself.
CBRE|Martin said the new owner’s intent for the property is not known at this time.
Brook Lodge, at 6535 N. 42nd St., consists of 16 buildings, including eight cottages, and features a combined 48 guest rooms. The buildings total 66,603 square feet.
Lodge under MSU
MSU acquired Brook Lodge in 2000, and it became part of the university’s Housing and Food Service Division, according to CBRE|Martin. The university also used the property for conferences, education purposes and later rented out the grounds as a wedding venue.
During the Great Recession, MSU determined the campus, which cost the school close to $10 million to operate, was no longer profitable, according to MSU’s website. MSU closed the property to the public in 2009, but it continued to use the property for internal events, before closing it completely in 2012.
Prior to MSU's acquisition, the Brook Lodge property served as a conference center for employees of the pharmaceutical manufacturer Upjohn Company, according to CBRE|Martin. In 1895, it was a private 40-acre dairy farm, purchased by Dr. William Upjohn, for use as a family vacation property. After his passing, the Upjohn Company purchased Brook Lodge from the family’s estate.