New buyers for decrepit ski resort ask for county support
Potential buyers of a Maine ski resort that has fallen into disrepair are asking for the support of county leaders.
A developer based in Knox County and a Louisiana nonprofit are proposing to buy out the owner of the ski resort on Moosehead Lake that has not been fully operational since a lift failed in 2004, the Bangor Daily News reported on Wednesday.
The ski resort is located about 77 miles (124 kilometers) northwest of Bangor in Piscataquis County. County commissioners say they will sign a letter of support for the project that would build a new lodge, a hotel and condominiums, new ski lifts, a marina among other improvements, the newspaper reported.
The state sued the owner of the resort, James Confalone, in 2016 for failing to maintain the property, and in response to a court order to renovate the resort, he agreed to sell, the newspaper reported.
The proposed developers, Provident Resources Group of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Big Lake Development LLC, say the project will create 120 jobs during construction and 100 permanent positions. They intend to ask for financing for the $75 million project through bonds from the Finance Authority of Maine, the newspaper reported.