ADAMS — A planned $40 million Greylock Glen Resort project edges forward this week when Town Community Development Director Donna Cesan issues a request for proposals seeking a developer for a 140-site campground.
"We are looking for thoughtful proposals, people who are willing to work with the town," Cesan said during a June 27 interview.
She has not decided what day the RFP will be released, but a Sept. 29 response deadline is in place, she said.
The move marks a step forward since town and state officials signed a 99-year master lease in 2014. The lease allows the town to develop a 56-acre parcel of the more than 1,000 acres making up the Greylock Glen site. The glen property is state-owned and maintained by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The planned campground would sit on either side of Gould Road and the vision calls for a mix of camping sites, Cesan said.
"We have approval for a mix of tent sites, rustic cabins, and eco-shelters, things like yurts," she said.
The split campground has hilly terrain on one side while the other side is more level, Cesan said. The goal is to keep the level side, where cabins would likely be sited, open year-round, she added.
Cesan said that forward momentum should continue with another RFP following this one.
"We are hoping, on the heels of this, to be seeking request for proposals for the Outdoor Center design," she said.
The center is planned as a 11,000 square-foot facility housing a welcome venue, concessions, environmental education space, exhibits, a Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts field station and a cross country center.
Cesan and Greylock Glen Committee Chairman George Haddad acknowledged the decades of struggle, controversy, and on-again, off-again history of the project. The current collaboration with the town as the developer and an emphasis on environmentally sound outdoor recreation is the best, last hope for a successful outcome and benefit to the town, Haddad said.
He cited a planned 2,500-seat amphitheater and a proposed 170-room lodge as significant project assets.
"This is the last chance to bring Adams back to, well, you could say, its glory days," Haddad said.
Groundwork for the project is in place and Cesan said progress will unfold one component at a time. "Environmental sensitivity and sustainable practices will be important in all requests for proposals," she said.
Cesan noted that the glen committee has been dormant during recent months but will be resuming its function soon.
"As the campground RFPs come in, this committee will become active," she said.