Adams Planning Board OKs Web site Plan for Greylock Glen Outside Heart /


Michael Petrin from the VHB presented the site plans for the outdoor center at Greylock Glen to the planning committee on Monday.

The outdoor center will include exhibition space, classrooms, a restaurant and a reception lobby.

ADAMS, Massachusetts – The site plans for the new outdoor center in Greylock Glen received approval on Monday – almost a decade after the project was first approved by the planning committee.

“I don’t know if the board members remember, but in July 2012 that board reviewed the proposed Greylock Glen project and you gave us special permission as part of the proposed resort development,” said Donna Cesan, the city’s special projects coordinator. “When issuing and approving this special permit, you stated that the special permit expires if no development has been initiated after 10 years.

“That’s why I’m particularly pleased that we are giving you the approval of the site plan for the Outdoor Center project this evening.”

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

Michael Petrin, project manager at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., guided the board through the rainwater, parking and supply plans for the building.

The center will be on Gould Road and will include an outdoor deck, paved entrances and 64 parking spaces.

“We have provided a loop around the bus stop for buses, but also fire devices,” said Petrin. “We have a stabilized gravel drainage area and concrete paving stones for the sidewalks.

For rainwater management, there will be trough retention basins around the site, he said. “Our drop-off points will be located within a resource area or a buffer zone that is subject to the Conservation Commission. So you have to approve this.”

There have been some concerns about the conservation of the natural pools, but Cesan said these would be maintained by the city in the same way it maintains parks and other urban facilities.

Water and fire fighting water will come from Gould Road and the sewers will follow the same route. One change to the plans presented to the board was the elimination of an independent pump house for the fire protection line. This was not thought to be feasible, so it is now connected to the building with a separate water pipe.

Power lines are also being laid underground. Petrin said EV charging stations would be installed at some point.

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

“We are currently investigating this, but because the roofline of the building is so different, it has been found to be impractical to put solar panels on the roof,” she said. “We’re looking at solar carports … we’d love to do at least one or two of these as a demonstration, but we’re also talking about providing off-site solar power that would serve this facility.”

The release marks a significant step in the final development of the Greylock Glen. The city was named a developer after a number of other projects failed over the decades, but it struggled to achieve a vision first formulated in 2009.

Not that there has been no progress: 30 kilometers of hiking trails have been completed, water and sewage pipes have been extended to Gould Road, and the roundabout on Friend and Columbia Streets has been designed to support the expected increase in traffic.

Future work includes an amphitheater, campgrounds and lodge on the 60 acre property of the Mount Greylock State Reservation.

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