Balsams Redevelopment Gets Key State Okay

Dec 21, 2015

The resort closed in 2011, but about 300 full or part-time employees out of work. Most of the furnishings were sold at an auction.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

The renovation of the Balsams resort has moved ahead with state officials giving the developers permission to fill in about 2.7 acres of wetlands for uses ranging from a parking lot to six ski towers.

To offset the destruction of the wetlands the developers will preserve other land totaling about 960 acres.

State development officials have been enthusiastic about the reopening of the Balsams, saying it would give the North Country an enormous economic boost.

The approval was praised by officials including Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Gov. Hassan and State Senator Jeff Woodburn.

The developers, Dixville Capital LLC, are still working on financing.