Chuckster's expects to open in Hooksett this weekendBy MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent
August 08. 2017 11:35PM
HOOKSETT — A new miniature golf course and ice cream barn is expected to open this weekend.
Owners of Chuckster’s Ice Cream and miniature golf course hope to be up and running by Saturday. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If this opening is delayed, an announcement will be posted on the company’s website.
The 53 Hackett Hill Road business has been in the works since the beginning of the year. Since January, crews have been building the course on the 5 acres of land. The Hooksett location will be the third for Chuckster’s. The others are in Chichester and Vestal, N.Y.
Opening was slightly delayed after encroachment issues on some neighboring houses were discovered this spring. The plans have since been redesigned to include a buffer of trees along the edge of the property.
“You’re not going to see a thing through there,” owner Mark Blasko said. “Worst case (is) they would see a couple of people’s heads as they make that corner.”
The project’s contractor also repaired a wall that was damaged as a result of the construction. “We obviously feel terrible that happened,” Blasko said.
Some cleanup work will need to be done in the area, he said.
A final walk-through of the site will be done later this week. The town’s code enforcement officer will check to see if conditions and the others on the plan have been met before the company can receive a certificate of occupancy.
The new location is part of the Lilac Park development. Jeff Larabee owns the land and is one of the main developers of the project.
There are nine project phases, with two already underway. In July, the Planning Board approved site plans for a 100-seat smokehouse-style restaurant. Building the Supreme Industries facility — the new location for a Connecticut-based company that specializes in projects such as land clearing, road building and site preparation — would be the third phase of the development.
Larabee has said he also wants to bring hotels to the site as well as an outdoor concert venue and botanical garden.