'Digloos' partners aim to add lodging for Colebrook visitors
This picture of what the inside of a digloo could look like is from the "Digloo on the Wilds" executive summary. (COURTESY)
But in order to take full advantage of what's possible, more lodging is needed, especially as the trail gets further north, business leaders say.
In order to address this need, two business owners have gotten together to develop a project they call "Digloos on the Wild." Like the name suggests, it is underground housing with a dome shape.
The other co-owner of the Colebrook land was Steve Baillargeon, owner of Bear Rock ATV Rental in Colebrook.
"It's not even close to being enough," Baillargeon said, regarding what's available presently.
Some visitors are camping, he said, but many turn around and drive back down. Some have to go as far as North Conway to find lodging.
"People need to step it up," Baillargeon said, regarding the potential economic opportunity. "There's money coming in."
Pack said his company is a full-service construction company but has concentrated on interior work, particularly kitchens.
The engineering, architecture and structural steel will come from Formworks Building Inc. of Durango, Colo. Pack said this company has more than 30 years of experience building these kinds of structures and has developed drainage and ventilation systems to keep them comfortable and dry.
The units are underground, but one wall is open, and they will be situated to take full advantage of the view. A gas fireplace will heat the inside, and geothermal transfer will be used to heat walkways, cutting down on snow removal costs and keeping walkways dry.
Pack said he is also looking for artists who work with fiber-optic lighting to provide art for the interior.
They will effectively be showrooms, with everything, from beds and other furnishings, to the art on the walls, available for sale. Pack said this will offer local craftspeople an opportunity to showcase their works, as well as possibly make some money.
They have not presented a plan to the planning board yet as they are working on getting investors for the project in place first.
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