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Northern Pass says it continues to work with developer of recently-approved Bethlehem hotel

Union Leader Correspondent

November 29. 2017 11:27PM
A Northern Pass spokesman says project officials are working with a hotel developer to minimize the impact that a transition station would have on the development. (John Koziol/Correspondent)

BETHLEHEM — Eversource has pledged to continue to work on minimizing the impacts of its proposed Northern Pass Transmission project on a recently approved 85-room, five-story Homewood Suites by Hilton here on Route 302.

“We have worked, and will continue to work, with the developer on reasonable steps to avoid and minimize impacts to his proposed hotel development,” wrote Kaitlyn Woods, an Eversource spokesman in an email Tuesday.

Woods was responding to an inquiry about the Nov. 15 approval by the Bethlehem Planning Board of a site-plan application by Presidential Mountain Resort LLC of Brooklyn, N.Y., for the extended-stay facility.

Proposed by Yizchok Rudich, the hotel, which is franchised by Hilton, would be located on the northern side of Route 302, while on the southern side would be other amenities, including a restaurant.

Both sites had formerly been home to the Baker Brook Campground, which boasted a 15-unit motel, 11 cottages and a recreation building.

The campground has been abandoned and vacant for 30 years, said Dave Eckman, who presented the site plan application on Rudich’s behalf to the Planning Board.

Immediately south of the proposed hotel site is where Eversource would like to build Transition Station #5, the point at which what had been the above-ground NPT wires would go below ground.

According to the town and also to published accounts of the Nov. 15 Planning Board meeting, Rudich and Eversource had previously discussed a land swap that would make the transition station less prominent to hotel guests by moving it further north and behind a knoll.

In a letter that was also provided to the town of Bethlehem, Rudich wrote on Jan. 23, 2017, to the New Hampshire site Evaluation Committee that he — as the member of Presidential Mountain Resort — was in favor of the NPT.

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