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Michael Petrin of VHB presents the site plans for the outdoor center at Greylock Glen on Monday to the planning council.
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The outdoor center will include an exhibition space, classrooms, a restaurant and a lobby.

ADAMS, Mass. – Site plans for the new Greylock Glen outdoor center received the seal of approval on Monday – nearly a decade after the project was first approved by the Planning Council.

“I don’t know if council members recall this, but in July 2012 this council reviewed the proposed Greylock Glen project and you issued a special permit to us as part of the development of the planned resort unit. “said Donna Cesan, the city’s special projects coordinator. “When issuing and approving this special permit, you said that if after 10 years no development has been initiated, the special permit will expire.

“So I’m particularly happy to hear where we are in this timeframe, to bring you the approval of the site plan for the outdoor center project this evening.”

The 9,200 square foot outdoor center, designed as a multi-purpose structure with a 75-seat restaurant, exhibition space and classrooms, was designed by Maclay Architects.

Michael Petrin, project manager at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., led the board of directors through the stormwater, parking and utilities plans for the building.

The center will be located near Gould Road and will include an outdoor patio, paved driveways and 64 parking spaces.

“We have planned a loop around the disembarking of the buses but also of the fire apparatus,” said Petrin. “We have a stabilized gravel setback area, as well as concrete pavers for the driveways.

For stormwater management, there will be gully retention ponds around the site, he said. “Our disposal sites will be in a resource zone or buffer zone, which will fall under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commission. They will therefore have to approve it.”

Some concerns have been raised about the maintenance of the natural pools, but Cesan said these will be maintained by the city just as it maintains the city’s parks and other facilities.

Water and water for fire suppression will come from Gould Road and sewers will follow the same route. One change in plans presented to council was the elimination of a stand-alone pump station for the fire protection line. This was not considered feasible, so it is now attached to the building with a separate water pipe.

The power lines will also be brought underground. Petrin said electric vehicle charging stations will eventually be installed.

Board members asked about solar plans and Cesan replied that solar is not part of this phase but is being considered for the future.

“We are studying this now, but due to the roof line of the building which is so varied, it was determined that it was not practical to put solar panels on the roof,” she said. “We’re looking at solar carports… we’d like to do at least one or two as a demonstration, but we’re also talking about an off-site supply of solar power that would serve this facility.”

The approval marks an important milestone in the final development of Greylock Glen. The city became the developer after a number of other projects failed over the decades, but struggled to achieve a defined vision for the first time in 2009.

Not that there hasn’t been any progress: 19 miles of trails have been completed, water and septic lines have been extended to Gould Road, and the Friend and Columbia Street roundabout has been completed. designed to facilitate the expected increase in traffic.

Future work envisions an amphitheater, campgrounds and a lodge on the 60-acre parcel of Mount Greylock State Reserve.

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