Condos at HoliMont Base in Design Phase

By Jann Wiswall

The road into HoliMont’s WestMont Ridge development is paved and curbed, the water and sewer infrastructure is complete, and the punch list is getting shorter. So, according to HoliMont General Manager Dave Riley, buyers of the 21 single-family home lots that have been sold to date are preparing to close on their properties.

“The weather last summer delayed the infrastructure work,” Riley said, “but Northrup Construction deserves kudos for making up for lost time this summer.”

Once closings are final, owners will be able to present proposed home designs to a HoliMont architectural review committee. Homes are expected to be consistent with a “Rocky Mountain” exterior style and theme. Then, owners may apply for Town of Mansfield building permits and start construction on their own timelines.

Sale of the 10 remaining lots in the development is being handled by HoliMont Realty. According to realtor Cathleen Pritchard, who with daughter and fellow realtor Melanie, has four buyers closing on seven of the sold lots in the next few weeks, potential buyers have been “waiting in the wings for the road to open up and be able to see the lots.” She expects them to sell quickly. The asking price is $165,000 per lot.

Along with the home sites, HoliMont cut a new 15-acre slope adjacent to the new lots a bit sooner than expected in order to accommodate National Fuel’s need to relocate a gas line. The slope will not be ready for skiers this winter, but when it is, it will be lit for night skiing.

Meanwhile, engineering firm Nussbaumer & Clarke is working on infrastructure designs (water, sewer, grading, etc.) for 18 new condominium buildings with four units each (72 total) that are planned at the base of the Sunset area. The firm expects to seek approval of final plans from the Town of Mansfield Planning Board in the fall.

The condominium buildings are being designed by Weber, Murphy, Fox (WMF), a large architecture firm with offices in Erie, Pa., and elsewhere. The building exteriors, too, will be subject to approval by the architectural design review committee.

Construction costs and selling prices of the condominiums will not be established until after the project goes out to bid. Riley expects that buyers will have considerable flexibility with regard to interior layouts of their individual units.

WestMont Ridge is part of a $22 million expansion project for HoliMont, which will include significant amenities and upgrades to the resort including more new slopes in the Sunset area; a new lodge; “Park & Pipe” terrain with lighted, nighttime hours; a new beginner-friendly ski area; a state-of-the-art, high-speed detachable lift; a Nordic Center for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing; parking and more. The Phase 1 property sale has funded the infrastructure work needed to begin Phase 2, which includes the condominiums and, further down the road, another 63 single-family home sites.