Committee looks at possibility of hotel near summit of Mount Washington, NH

A plan is in the works for the future of Mount Washington. An advisory committee is coming up with a draft of a master plan that could include a new hotel near the summit. The Cog Railroad wants to build Lizzie’s Station, which would be an overnight stay location just south of the summit on property owned by the railway .The proposal is going through the development stage now and needs to get the sign-off from a number of agencies and organizations first. But it is being considered as a part of the conversations in the Mount Washington Advisory Committee’s master plan, planning the next 10 years for the summit of the mountain, which is becoming a bigger and bigger draw and more crowded each year. “It’s a global destination. I think there was a week in June where 30 different countries were represented at the top of the mountain so we need to plan for that capacity, we need to make sure our water systems can support that capacity, and we need to have discussions about the environmental impacts of increased capacity and what that means to the mountain,” said Sarah Stewart, commissioner of the Natural and Cultural Resources Department. If the Cog Railway went ahead with the hotel plans, as part of an agreement with the state, they would, in turn, give up the right they currently hold to expand their footprint further at the summit itself.

A plan is in the works for the future of Mount Washington.

An advisory committee is coming up with a draft of a master plan that could include a new hotel near the summit.

The Cog Railroad wants to build Lizzie’s Station, which would be an overnight stay location just south of the summit on property owned by the railway.

The proposal is going through the development stage now and needs to get the sign-off from a number of agencies and organizations first.

But it is being considered as part of the conversations in the Mount Washington Advisory Committee’s master plan, planning the next 10 years for the summit of the mountain, which is becoming a bigger and bigger draw and more crowded each year.

“It’s a global destination. I think there was a week in June where 30 different countries were represented at the top of the mountain so we need to plan for that capacity, we need to make sure our water systems can support that capacity, and we need to have discussions about the environmental impacts of increased capacity and what that means to the mountain,” said Sarah Stewart, commissioner of the Natural and Cultural Resources Department.

If the Cog Railway went ahead with the hotel plans, as part of an agreement with the state, they would, in turn, give up the right they currently hold to expand their footprint further at the summit itself.

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