We have mentioned it earlier than and it bears repeating: The Greylock Glen undertaking is a long-time dream within the making, providing financial improvement and panorama conservation alternatives for a area the place each are necessary. When one thing like this develops within the coronary heart of the Berkshires, we’ve our eyes on it. So when just a few dozen members of the encompassing neighborhood collectively voice their issues in regards to the undertaking’s footprint, it will get our consideration, too.
The Board of Selectmen accepted a proposal from Berkshire County actual property developer, Lenox-based Shared Estates, to develop a 23-acre campground deliberate for Greylock Glen. That is the primary non-public funding within the Glen plan.
The Greylock Glen undertaking not too long ago took one other official step ahead when the Adams Choose Board authorized a proposal for a 23-acre campground from Lenox-based developer Shared Estates. Alongside the continued development of the outside recreation centre, the campsite design appears to slot in with the Glen undertaking’s total ‘inexperienced tourism’ theme – minimal improvement to draw vacationers to this emerald gem of nature with out damaging the pure magnificence that makes it value preserving. .
Letter: We would like the neighborhood to take a more in-depth take a look at the main points of the Greylock Glen undertaking
When the Board of Selectmen authorized the campground proposal, we acquired a letter to the editor signed by 36 neighborhood stakeholders who took concern with some facets of the proposal and felt it was too hasty to log out on the Board of Selectmen. Along with tent tenting and cabins, the camp plan contains so-called “mirror homes” (two-bed constructions with exteriors product of reflective materials) in addition to Airstream trailers. Signatories to the letter say this violates the unique intent to maintain any improvement within the Glen comparatively “rustic.” They bolster their issues by citing the developer’s historical past of shopping for massive properties and turning them into “high-end Airbnbs.”
Along with greater than 30 people, representatives of regional environmental teams such because the Berkshire Environmental Motion Group, in addition to a number of civic organizations and enterprise homeowners, signed the letter.
Anybody acquainted with Becket’s prolonged arguments over the ‘glamping’ proposal final yr is aware of that it is fairly simple to get slowed down in defining phrases like ‘tenting’ and ‘rustic’ and debating whether or not pitches for trendy trendy tenting preparations are actually makes an attempt to interrupt via extra. improvement that the neighborhood bargained for.
We sincerely hope that the ferocity of the controversy that has gripped Becket for a number of months doesn’t have an effect on the Greylock Glen undertaking and the Adams neighborhood. Nonetheless, the issues expressed on this letter, and those that share his cautious sentiments, spotlight an inevitable query that will show sticky for any bold try at a steadiness between improvement and conservation: To what extent, precisely, does improvement battle with the conservation mission?
We cannot faux to have an actual reply to this query, though it looks like an enormous one for a undertaking that we hope shall be profitable. Nevertheless, the Greylock Glen undertaking should take care of it a method or one other. Attracting a wholesome stream of twenty first century campers will seemingly require some facilities that some think about insufficiently “rustic” to protect the pure atmosphere. Some will discover the mirror homes too unusual to be known as tenting, although it is an train in compromise: The totally reflective exteriors look extra sci-fi up shut, however their look is supposed to vanish into the panorama when when seen from a distance, seemingly preserving the extra scenic views. Even then, some say the reflective surfaces pose a hazard to wildlife, though builders say the fabric is particularly designed to be detectable by animals comparable to birds.
What we do know is that in the case of the query of how a lot improvement is an excessive amount of, there’ll by no means be a single reply. It is nearly not possible to construct something on a big inexperienced house with out rubbing it in with some environmentalists and props. And we should always give some good thing about the doubt to Adams leaders who’ve introduced this important undertaking to the place it’s now and demonstrated their considerate dedication to the Glen, comparable to Metropolis Administrator Jay Inexperienced, who instructed an Eagle reporter, “We expect we have discovered a great accomplice for this undertaking.”
However these urging warning of their letter are proper: “It is a state useful resource and needs to be sorted by everybody locally.” Greylock Glen is greater than a state useful resource, it’s a treasured emerald within the crown of Berkshire nation and fertile floor for regional financial development that’s sustainable and centered on nature safety.
With that in thoughts, we agree with the letter’s highest name to motion to permit for extra public remark and overview of this key factor of the Greylock Glen Growth Plan. We’re not saying metropolis leaders ought to give anybody a smear veto, however it will be finest to make sure that anybody locally who needs to weigh in has an actual probability. We would like this undertaking to achieve success.
This requires shifting ahead in a approach that doesn’t go away exhausting emotions for individuals who could be involved in regards to the tempo or nature of improvement however really feel unheard. It would additionally require all stakeholders to return collectively in a spirit of fine religion and compromise to take care of the promise and momentum of this effort.