Balsams Resort http://nhpr.org en Expanding Balsams Ski Resort: Money, Jobs And A Regulatory Challenge http://nhpr.org/post/expanding-balsams-ski-resort-money-jobs-and-regulatory-challenge <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>If Maine entrepreneur Les Otten can expand the ski area of the closed Balsams resort he says it would create about 1,000 full or part-time jobs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s something the region desperately needs. B</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut it isn’t clear whether </span>Otten<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has the money or can work through a regulatory tangle including safety issues.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:34:33 +0000 Chris Jensen 48557 at http://nhpr.org Expanding Balsams Ski Resort: Money, Jobs And A Regulatory Challenge Wind Farm Owner OK With Expanding Ski Slopes At Balsams If Safety Isn't An Issue http://nhpr.org/post/wind-farm-owner-ok-expanding-ski-slopes-balsams-if-safety-isnt-issue <p style="margin-left:.5in;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company that owns the wind farm near the Balsams is open to reducing the buffer zone between its wind turbines and the slopes, a key to a developer’s plan to &nbsp;greatly expand &nbsp;the size of the ski resort.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"As long as it is safe, we have no problems," Brookfield Renewable Power lawyer Harold </span>Pachios<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said late Monday.</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:29:30 +0000 Chris Jensen 46406 at http://nhpr.org Wind Farm Owner OK With Expanding Ski Slopes At Balsams If Safety Isn't An Issue A Huge, New Ski Resort At The Balsams? http://nhpr.org/post/huge-new-ski-resort-balsams <p>Coos County commissioner Paul Grenier says there are plans to convert the Balsams into a huge ski resort.</p><p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 13:46:56 +0000 Chris Jensen 44399 at http://nhpr.org A Huge, New Ski Resort At The Balsams? Stalled Effort To Reopen Balsams Gets New Team Member http://nhpr.org/post/stalled-effort-reopen-balsams-gets-new-team-member <p>More than two years ago the Balsams closed, putting about 300 full and part-time employees out of work.</p><p>But now Les Otten, a Maine businessman and former owner of the American Skiing Company, is working on reopening the Balsams.&nbsp; He says he has an agreement with the resort’s two owners, Dan Hebert and Dan Dagesse.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:56:17 +0000 Chris Jensen 43380 at http://nhpr.org Another Setback For Balsams' Financing http://nhpr.org/post/another-setback-balsams-financing <p>Another effort to obtain financing for the renovation of the Balsams resort has fallen through.</p><p>The owners of the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch have run into another problem coming up with the $30 million needed to renovate the closed resort and put as many as 300 full or part-time employees back to work.</p><p>Owners Dan Hebert and Dan Dagesse hoped to use federally backed New Market Tax Credits to attract some investors.</p><p>But that has fallen through with a deadline being missed, says spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:20:30 +0000 Chris Jensen 31473 at http://nhpr.org State Says No Evidence of Air Pollution In Balsams Fire http://nhpr.org/post/state-says-no-evidence-air-pollution-balsams-fire <p>Working largely on what amounts to the honor system state officials say they have decided state air pollution standards were not violated in a fire last January when&nbsp;two buildings at the Balsams resort were burned down as part of a renovation.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 19:36:26 +0000 Chris Jensen 27916 at http://nhpr.org More Details On Balsams Renovation And A Step Forward http://nhpr.org/post/more-details-balsams-renovation-and-step-forward <p>When the $30 million renovation of the Balsams Grand Resort is complete it will look a lot like the old grand hotel but will feature much-needed modern amenities making it far nicer for guests and a lot&nbsp; cheaper to operate.</p><p>That’s how Dan Hebert, one of the two owners, described the renovation Tuesday night before the Coos County Planning Board.</p><p>Originally the complex had about 400,000 square feet.</p><p>Hebert said about 123,000 of that is being retained. About 80,000 square feet will be added.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 01:42:06 +0000 Chris Jensen 24424 at http://nhpr.org More Details On Balsams Renovation And A Step Forward Air-Quality Officials Investigate Balsams Renovation Fire http://nhpr.org/post/air-quality-officials-investigate-balsams-renovation-fire <p>The Department of Environmental Services is investigating whether any air-protection measures were violated when several buildings at the Balsams were burned down as part of a renovation.</p><p>The fires took place on January 6<sup>th</sup> and destroyed a large dormitory and a second building once used to produce rubber and latex products.</p><p>Three North Country fire departments used the burn as a training exercise.</p><p>The fire also saved money for the new owners who wanted to demolish the buildings as part of a planned renovation.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:11:51 +0000 Chris Jensen 23099 at http://nhpr.org Beat The Clock: Balsams Renovation Financing Glitch http://nhpr.org/post/beat-clock-balsams-renovation-financing-glitch <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The owners of the closed Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch&nbsp;are playing beat the clock to get an important part of the financing they need to renovate and reopen the resort. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:57:26 +0000 Chris Jensen 22730 at http://nhpr.org Beat The Clock: Balsams Renovation Financing Glitch New Plant In Colebrook Takes Up An Old Family Business http://nhpr.org/post/new-plant-colebrook-takes-old-family-business <p>Back in the 1950s, at a plant near the Balsams hotel, the Neil Tillotson family was producing products like balloons, latex gloves and disposable plastic eyedroppers.&nbsp;</p><p>But a little more than two&nbsp;years ago, the Dixville Notch plant was forced to shut down when the Tillotson Corporation prepared to sell its Balsams resort.</p><p>But now Rick Tillotson, one of the sons of the plant’s original owner, is opening a new 100,000-square foot plant in nearby Colebrook to produce some of the same items.</p><p>Tillotson says it’s a dream he’s had since the&nbsp; plant closed.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:54:22 +0000 Chris Jensen 22065 at http://nhpr.org Suit Balsams' Owners Said Blocked Financing Is Dismissed http://nhpr.org/post/suit-balsams-owners-said-blocked-financing-dismissed <p>A judge in Merrimack Superior Court has dismissed&nbsp;a suit that the owners of the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch said was holding up its re-opening.</p><p>NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>The suit was filed by Andy Martin, a self-described public-interest advocate and corruption fighter.</p><p>Martin claimed the sale was “committed fraudulently.”</p><p>Among those sued were the new owners, Danny Dagesse and Dan Hebert, the town of Colebrook and the New Hampshire attorney general.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:30:14 +0000 Chris Jensen 16720 at http://nhpr.org Suit Balsams' Owners Said Blocked Financing Is Dismissed Dixville Notch Voters (All 10) Prepare For Midnight Balloting http://nhpr.org/post/dixville-notch-voters-all-10-prepare-midnight-balloting <p>The Balsams resort is temporarily closed but next Tuesday residents of Dixville Notch still plan on being the first voters in the nation.</p><p>NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>Just at midnight, while sensible people are sleeping, folks from Dixville Notch will be voting.</p><p>But for the first time since 1960 they won’t be at the Balsams resort.</p><p>It’s closed for a renovation.</p><p>Instead they will gather at a nearby ski lodge, says Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for the resort.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:36:26 +0000 Chris Jensen 15902 at http://nhpr.org Balsams Renovation Delay Amid Financing Glitch http://nhpr.org/post/balsams-renovation-delay-amid-financing-glitch <p>The new owners of the Balsams are still looking for financing and the renovation of the resort is months behind.</p><p>NHPR&rsquo;s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p></p><p>Earlier this year the Balsams owners were seeking historic tax credits as one of several ways to attract investors.</p><p>The credits are available for the renovation of certified historic properties &ndash; like the Balsams.</p><p>But owners Dan Dagesse and Dan Hebert are dropping that idea, says Balsams&rsquo; spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:03:23 +0000 Chris Jensen 9475 at http://nhpr.org Balsams Renovation Delay Amid Financing Glitch Colebrook Planning Board Resolves Concern Over Balsams Tract http://nhpr.org/post/colebrook-planning-board-resolves-concern-over-balsams-tract <p>The Colebrook Planning Board&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;night removed what the new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort have said was an impediment to&nbsp;the redevelopment&nbsp;needed to&nbsp;allow hundreds of people to get back to work. Wed, 23 May 2012 15:37:28 +0000 Chris Jensen 5392 at http://nhpr.org Colebrook Planning Board Resolves Concern Over Balsams Tract Latex Manufacturing To Resume in North Country http://nhpr.org/post/latex-manufacturing-resume-north-country <p>In some good news for the North Country an old family business is coming back to life.&nbsp;&nbsp;NHPR&rsquo;s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>Starting in 1931 Neil Tillotson made his fortune manufacturing natural latex products including balloons and later gloves.</p><p>That allowed him to purchase the Balsams Grand Resort.</p><p>Tillotson died in 2001 and a &nbsp;latex plant located near the resort closed in 2010.</p><p>But Tillotson&rsquo;s son, Rick, purchased the equipment and recently bought a 103,000 square foot building in Colebrook.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 23:10:27 +0000 Chris Jensen 5279 at http://nhpr.org