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1/25/2013 8:57:00 AM
Burke Mountain Resort: Stenger Wants To Open Biking Center Next Year
PHOTO BY ROBIN SMITH
Bill Stenger points to a design of the lodges planned for Burke Mountain Resort at his office Thursday at Jay Peak Resort, with marketing vice president Steve Wright and communications and investor specialist Alex MacLean.
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PHOTO BY ROBIN SMITH

Bill Stenger points to a design of the lodges planned for Burke Mountain Resort at his office Thursday at Jay Peak Resort, with marketing vice president Steve Wright and communications and investor specialist Alex MacLean.

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Doug Clarner, at right, member of the Burke Development Review Board, talks about his hopes for expansion of Burke Mountain Resort with Bill Stenger of Jay Peak Resort during a site visit on Jan. 18 of Jay Peak.
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Doug Clarner, at right, member of the Burke Development Review Board, talks about his hopes for expansion of Burke Mountain Resort with Bill Stenger of Jay Peak Resort during a site visit on Jan. 18 of Jay Peak.

Robin Smith
Staff Writer

JAY -- Newport City developer Bill Stenger met this week with mountain biking enthusiasts to work on his vision for an indoor mountain bike park at Burke Mountain Resort.

The brain-storming session "was a good start," Stenger said Thursday during an interview at Jay Peak Resort.

He expects to have a formal design to present to Burke officials soon.

The co-owner of Burke and Jay Peak resorts wants to begin construction on the 90,000-square-foot indoor mountain bike park by late summer or fall of this year.

And he would like to see it open by the end of 2014, at the same time as the two proposed new lodges for Burke Mountain.

The lodges, designed similar to the Tramhaus Lodge at Jay Peak Resort but enhanced with Burke's unique local skiing history, are before the Burke Development Review Board in the preliminary review process.

The hearings are expected to resume in February.




The lodges, plus mountain bike facility, tennis center and aquatic center, are part of the Northeast Kingdom Economic Development Initiative, led by Stenger and his partners and fueled by foreign investors under the federal EB-5 program.

Stenger expects to attract $600 million for expansions at Burke and Jay Peak resorts, a major bio-tech manufacturing and research plant and a window manufacturing plant in Newport City, a waterfront hotel and downtown block reconstruction in Newport City and expansion of the Newport State Airport in Coventry.

Stenger said he is meeting with mountain biking enthusiasts to learn exactly what they want from an indoor facility geared to biking year round.

The facility would be the equivalent of two full acres under one roof, Stenger said.

And he plans to expand the ability of Burke to provide lift-serviced mountain biking.

The Burke plans also include a tennis facility of 20 courts, eight indoors, Stenger said.

The tennis center would include a small stadium for tournaments, teaching facilities and four different court surfaces: clay, grass, Har-Tru clay and a hard, all-weather surface.

"It will be the best tennis facility in the state," Stenger said.

It is part of the proposal to provide unique attractions for those who would stay at the four planned lodges at Burke Mountain.

And it fits in with the market for Burke. "There's a very size-able tennis community in Montreal and a mountain biking community in Montreal," Stenger said.

The same goes for Boston, he said.

"Those are the sweet spots" for Burke's market, he added.

The aquatic center would include a swimming and diving facility with a glass roof that can open of Olympic standards. The pool, Stenger said, would appeal to vacationers.

The idea is to develop summer training camps for youth and for experts, he said.







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