Business Notes: Hanover gets back taxes on Etna mansion

Valley News Business Writer
Published: 2/2/2019 10:09:40 PM
Modified: 2/2/2019 10:20:22 PM

ETNA — The fate of one of Hanover’s highest-assessed properties has been resolved.

The owner of 5 Gates Road in Etna, the unfinished vacant mansion previously owned by former Claremont Ford chief Arrien Schiltkamp, has now paid the town of Hanover $486,000 in back taxes and other costs, according to Hanover Town Manager Julia Griffin.

That amount includes about $232,000 in back taxes; nearly $17,000 for taxes due as of Dec. 1, 2018; $222,000 in penalties, and almost $15,000 in fees and charges to reimburse the town for plowing, winterizing the utilities and plumbing repairs, according to Griffin.

The town in September began moving forward with a tax sale of the 14-acre estate after the owners, who acquired it in 2017 at a bank auction after Schiltkamp defaulted on the mortgage held by Mascoma Bank.

The owner of the property initially registered it under the name Gates Roads NH Centaur Holdings LLC of Melville, N.Y.

But in January, Centaur Holdings conveyed the deed of the property to RubyGold Main Holdings LLC, according to records with the Grafton County Registry of Deeds office.

The two LLCs are controlled by attorney Christine Castiglia-Rubenstein and her husband, Alexander Rubenstein, real estate advisers and brokers who produce the podcast “Estate Law Expose” for WOR-AM in New York.

Sean O’Connell, a Dover, N.H., attorney who represents the owners, said the New York couple with young children “definitely plan to finish” building the mansion and intend to “spend significant time” living there.

“It’s a special property, and Christine’s in love with it,” he said.

The two-story, Cape Cod-style mansion, which has a panoramic northwest view and was undergoing a major expansion project when it went into foreclosure, is assessed at $2.2 million.

WRJ’s Allen Pools & Spas swims to Lebanon

After 24 years in White River Junction, Allen Pools & Spas is moving into a new showroom in the space formerly occupied by Creative Lighting Designs along Miracle Mile in Lebanon.

“We’ve been growing quite a bit the past few years and we were able to get a really nice spot,” said Shara DiGrazia, marketing coordinator for Allen Pools & Spas. She said the company hopes to be open in its new 4,000-square-foot Lebanon showroom by March.

Allen Pools & Spas is owned by Ed Allen, whose father, Dan Allen Sr., founded the Rutland-based business in 1957 after Allen Sr., a former civil engineer with the state of Vermont, was asked to design and build a pool for the Girl Scout camp at Tamarack Notch in Mendon, Vt. The company also has a showroom in Williston, Vt.

Allen has listed his 2,408-square-foot White River Junction property, located on VA Cutoff Road near the VA Medical Center, on the market for $429,000 through Lang McLaughry Commercial Real Estate.

The Miracle Mile building that Allen Pools & Spa is moving into is owned by Ed Kerrigan, former owner of the Jake’s Market & Deli convenience store chain.

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