Construction of Glen House hotel at Auto Road on track for June 2018 openingBy JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent
August 13. 2017 10:34PM
GREEN’S GRANT — The elevator shaft is finished, the steel framing is going up, the concrete floor will soon be poured, and, despite some weather-related delays, construction of the Mount Washington Auto Road’s new 68-room Glen House hotel remains on track for completion next spring.
The fifth iteration of the Glen House is being built on the site of the former Great Glen Ski Lodge, on the western side of Route 16, just north of the entrance to the Auto Road and across the street from the Base Lodge.
The first Glen House opened in 1852, nine years before what was then known as the Carriage Road began operating. That Glen House, like its next three successors, was destroyed by fire, as was the Great Glen Ski Lodge.
A proposal to build another Glen House in 2007 was halted by the Great Recession, but in 2015 The Auto Road, received approval from the Coos County Planning Board to build a three-story, 68-room hotel and broke ground on it this past April.
“Our construction schedule has slipped a little bit,” said Howie Wemyss, the Auto Road’s general manager last week. “But I think we still have time to recover that, and we’re still looking for an early June 2018 opening.”
As of last Monday, the hotel’s steel frame was in place, while the pouring of the concrete for the first floor will start this week. Simultaneously, the 30 geothermal wells that were dug earlier this year that will provide both heating and cooling to the hotel, are being “tied in,” Wemyss said.
The new Glen House will feature a full-service restaurant, an indoor pool and a conference room. It would be run by a management company and could employ 30 people.
Two other hotels also have been proposed in Coos County: the 200-room Lake Gloriette House in Dixville and the 35-room Skyline Lodge on the western slope of Mount Washington.
The Gloriette House is part of the $165 million Phase I of the renovation and expansion of The Balsams resort. Dixville Capital LLC has received approval for the overall project, which entails enlarging the former Wilderness Ski Area.
On Aug. 2, the developer filed site-plan applications with the Coos County Planning Board for, among other things, the Lake Gloriette House; the rehabilitation of the Hampshire and Dix houses; and the construction of a gondola that would take guests from the main campus up and over Route 26 to the ski area. The board was asked to expedite its consideration of the applications so construction could begin in October with a grand reopening planned for late 2018.
Meanwhile, the future of the Skyline Lodge, which is being proposed by the Cog Railway and would be built on Cog-owned land, is less clear. Last December, the Cog’s owners told the Coos County Planning Board they wanted to build the Skyline Lodge in time for the railway’s 150th anniversary in 2019 but have yet to file an application to do so.
The Lodge is opposed by several environmental organizations who fear it could have a negative effect on Mount Washington’s “highly sensitive alpine zone."