BOSTON -- The Romney administration yesterday unveiled a new blueprint for development at the Greylock Glen in Adams that includes a recreational complex with nature trails and mountain biking, but strictly limits high-density construction on the property.
The 32-page revised master plan for the 1,063-acre site at the base of Mount Greylock is dramatically scaled down from previous development schemes, which at times envisioned ambitious hotels, a golf course, a tramway and dozens of second homes.
Only a modest amount of man-made structures are proposed, including an environmental center, mountain lodges, rustic cabins and campsites, with a goal of attracting outdoor enthusiasts, students and families, and corporate retreats.
"Guests could attend meetings, swim, hike, bike, cross-country ski,andenrichthemselves through environmental education opportunities, all in a lush valley of rolling land below the eastern slope of majestic Mount Greylock," states the new plan, drafted by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.
While prohibiting such uses of the site as golf courses, alpine skiing, residential housing, all-terrain vehicle trails and large-scale commercial development, the master plan states that all development must be created with an emphasis on sustainability.
Felix Browne, a spokesman for the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, said the improvements envisioned for the Greylock Glen are to "provide viable recreational opportunities with a minimal environmental impact."
"There is a strong economic development aspect to the master plan, but the development is focused more toward the visitors' center and environmental education center in Adams. The general theme is that of directing the development away from the glen," Browne said. "Obviously, there is a very strong preservation component to what we have proposed at the glen itself."
The Massachusetts Development Finance Agency will continue to oversee economic developmentprojectsindowntown Adams.
Gov. Mitt Romney, who is the fifth governor to weigh in on the plans for the Greylock Glen site, inherited a controversial project that environmental advocates fought for decades.