The owners of a ski resort near Deep Creek Lake have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-law protection while they try to resolve financial difficulties related to another business.
DC Development LLC, which owns Wisp Resort in Garrett County, announced the filing Sunday.
The company has been unable to renegotiate the repayment of a $28.5 million loan with BB&T Corp. The loan was tied to the construction of an 18-hole golf course and community called Lodestone Golf Club. The golf club property, which is near the ski resort, has experienced lackluster sales of home sites.
DC Development — which filed for bankruptcy-law protection on Saturday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Greenbelt — said Chapter 11 protection would allow it to work out its loan restructuring and provide "breathing room needed to continue to seek new investors for the companies."
The owners had been considering options including refinancing and finding additional investors. Selling the ski property would be the last resort, the company said in a news release Sunday.
Karen Myers, one of the three partners in Wisp Resort, said in August that the resort was a "very healthy, vibrant, profitable business," but that the real estate business had been struggling. Myers could not be reached Monday.
Lisa Goodfellow, an associate broker with Goodfellow Real Estate Services, which specializes in Deep Creek Lake properties, said that since the recession, buyers were more inclined to purchase existing homes rather than new construction sites.
Citing sales data from Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Goodfellow said 42 lots were sold in Garrett County so far this year compared with 218 homes sold in the same period.
In 2004, 275 lots were sold in Garrett County.
Overall, Deep Creek Lake's housing market is doing well with few foreclosures and short sales, Goodfellow said.