Greylock Glen Campground Developer Holding Public Forum

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ADAMS, Mass. — The developers chosen for the Greylock Glen camping area are holding a public forum on Thursday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the former St. Mark's Church on Commercial Street. 
 
The $15 million development, tentatively titled "Greylock Glen Ecovillage," will be built along sustainable and green guidelines and include cabins and Airstreams. 
 
The project was put out to bid by the town of Adams, which awarded the project to Shared Estates Asset Fund in December. Previous requests for proposals had elicited few or no bidders over the years. 
 
Shared Estates operates several other lodging locations in the county, including The Playhouse in Lee and The Kemble in Lenox. Daniel Dus, CEO of Shared Estates, told the Selectmen lodging at the Glen was expected to be in operation by late 2024. 
 
The developer's plan drew some critical comment, particularly over the concept of "mirrored" cabins that have been dropped from the proposal and disruption to trails in the Glen. 
 
Shared Estates will present its plans and answers questions at Thursday's forum.
 
The Greylock Glen is a 1,063-acre site at the base of Mount Greylock, the state's highest peak. About 60 acres are targeted for limited development of trails, campgrounds, outdoor center, lodge and amphitheater. A $7.3 million outdoor center is currently under construction. 
 

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Adams Review Library, COA and Education Budgets

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen reviewed the public services, Hoosac Valley Regional School District and McCann Technical School budgets on Tuesday. 
 
The workshop at the Adams Free Library was the third of four joint sessions to review the proposed $19 million fiscal 2025 budget. The first workshop covered general government, executive, finance and technology budgets; the second public works, community development and the Greylock Glen. 
 
The Council on Aging and library budgets have increases for wages, equipment, postage and software. The Memorial Day budget is level-funded at $1,450 for flags and for additional expenses the American Legion might have; it had been used to hire bagpipers who are no longer available. 
 
The COA's budget is up 6.76 percent at $241,166. This covers three full-time positions including the director and five regular per diem van drivers and three backup drivers. Savoy also contracts with the town at a cost of $10,000 a year based on the number of residents using its services. 
 
Director Sarah Fontaine said the governor's budget has increased the amount of funding through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs from $12 to $14 per resident age 60 or older. 
 
"So for Adams, based on the 2020 Census data, says we have 2,442 people 60 and older in town," she said. "So that translates to $34,188 from the state to help manage Council on Aging programs and services."
 
The COA hired a part-time meal site coordinator using the state funds because it was getting difficult to manage the weekday lunches for several dozen attendees, said Fontaine. "And then as we need program supplies or to pay for certain services, we tap into this grant."
 
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