After a nearly three-month deadline extension, the town of Adams, Mass., has received a proposal for a campground at the Greylock Glen, the Berkshire Eagle reported.
Ralph Brill, a North Adams-based artist, architect and developer, has proposed an ambitious vision for the Glen. He acknowledges his plan differs from what the town had outlined, but he believes it will better connect the downtown with the mountain.
“I took an interest in this project if it could be viewed through my lens,” Brill said. “It had to have the chemistry with the community around it.”
Not only does Brill’s proposal include building a campground, but it repurposes the vacant Adams Memorial School and aims to draw startup businesses into unused Park Street storefronts.
After receiving no responses to a request for proposals to develop a 140-site campground at the scenic property on Mount Greylock in September, town officials extended the deadline to Dec. 15.
The town will review the plan in the coming weeks and determine whether or not it fits the vision laid out in the request for proposals. The proposal has not been released publicly.
However, Brill outlined the central aspects of his vision in an interview with the Eagle this week.
The 10.8-acre campground is planned as the first phase in a $50 million renovation of 56 acres of the 1,000-acre Greylock Glen property that will include an education center and eventually a 170-room lodge if all goes according to plan.
A consultant hired to assess the campground’s viability had written earlier this year that the campground’s developer could separate itself from competitors in the area by offering a more upscale experience. The report by Boston-based Pinnacle Advisory Group estimated that the campground revenue would reach $1.4 million annually, with profits nearing $400,000, by 2023.
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