Tenney Mountain Presents Development Plans to Plymouth Planning Board
The ownership plans to reopen the ski area in the next few weeks and hopes start construction on a hotel as soon as this spring.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Tenney Mountain will open for skiing this winter and hopes to start construction on an 80 unit hotel as soon as this summer, according to a presentation made to the Plymouth Planning Board last week. Tenney Mountain Development Group representative Bruce Cunningham made the non-binding conceptual presentation, outlining a 5 to 8 year project build-out, "assuming that the economy stays very strong."
Outlining plans for the 2017-18 ski season, Cunningham stated Tenney had "gone through recertifications of the lifts" and "will be open and operating worst case scenario the second week of February."
After reopening the ski area, Cunningham stated Tenney Mountain Development Group plans to develop an 80 unit condominium hotel, 90 adjacent townhomes, an 84 unit senior living community, a 120 unit townhome community, and a retail plaza. In addition, plans call for apartments, labs, and study halls as part of an expansion of Plymouth State University. Overall, approximately 335 total living spaces are proposed.
Beyond the residential developments, Tenney plans to tap an aquifer to sell bulk water in 4 by 4 by 4 totes, possibly for military and corporate use. Non-skiing activities at Tenney could include a natural climbing wall, a zip line, and paths for walking, jogging, and biking.
According to Cunningham, "the priority to move forward with would be the hotel. Bringing in the funds for the hotel, bringing in the operator, and getting the hotel built, as fast as possible. Assuming the mountain is open, and it will be, and it will be fully operated this year so that it will be ready to go next year. So that would take place, literally if we had the permits, we'd start this summer, this spring."
"Simultaneously, that retail plaza would be something that they'd want to install right off the bat. And then, we'd be tackling the senior living."
According to Cunningham, "the mountain is privately funded" by Managing Business Partner Alessandro Insolia's company and "they have over three and a half million dollars into it and they're dedicated to getting the rest of the mountain open and operating."
According to Tenney's Facebook posts, the Hornet chairlift is "100% complete." In recent weeks, Tenney has taken delivery of a modern snowcat, an HKD fan gun, and has been renovating the base lodge.
Located just outside of Plymouth, New Hampshire, Tenney Mountain ski area first opened in 1960. After repeated struggles in recent decades, the 1,400 vertical foot ski area closed in 2010. Bouchard's Tenney Mountain Development Group acquired the property in November of 2014.