Demolition of the former Sawmill Inn began in February. Hotel construction of a new Best Western is scheduled to begin last this summer. According to The Ranger, the information newsletter of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, the 9 acre lot will be subdivided into six commercial parcels. The hotel will occupy one of the lots, with the others devoted to commercial development. The developer, Rebound Hospitality, also purchased an adjacent 15 acre property.

The Sawmill Inn property has been owned and managed by the Wayne Jacobson family of Grand Rapids. The Sawmill recently employed 60 people.