I have been checking the DCNR's project advertisement for bids site every week and have wondered why I saw nothing. I kind of figured Moshier Studios couldn't pull off this project. Wait till it starts construction...if you want to see disasters......
The DCNR hired a design consultant with no ski area design experience. I can see all of the disasters unfolding as this inexperienced company tried to contend with issues they have no experience with, "whoops, we need a new power service for that 51 year old lift that is being replaced"; "whoops, we need a new sewer systems" ; "oh, we really need a permit to do that?",etc., etc.
As I said all along, advertise the facility for lease, similar to Canaan Valley and areas in New York state. The cost of the lease considers improvements that the leasee would make. If they would have done this a long time ago instead of handing the facility to Seven Springs and turning this into a public works project, we would have been skiing at Laurel Mtn 2 years ago.
All of the delays they are talking about are easily managed if you know what you're doing. It takes an experienced engineering firm to handle these issues, not an small architectural office. DCNR builds rest rooms and camp sites, not ski areas. THus they are not equiped to handle this type of project. And neither is the design consultant they hired. I imagine every day was an act of discovery.
Too bad! I think it is time to cut the States' losses and pull the plug. Too bad.