COPAKE, NY -- Catamount Ski Area is currently seeking approval to build a luxury condominium resort that would include four-star amenities at the recreational facility adjacent to Egremont.

The resort, the Berkshire Mountain Club, would be built in multiple phases and include three five-story buildings with work potentially starting as soon as the fall. The main building would cost between $20 million to $30 million and include a pool, fitness center, restaurant, and up to 66 housing units offering premium services, according to Rich Edwards, Catamount's director of marketing.

The proposal, which would be in New York, just across the Massachusetts border, is currently under review by the Copake Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.

"It's going to provide slopeside lodging in Catamount, but to my knowledge we'll be the only four-star condominium experience in the region," said Terry Elsemore, executive director of Fractional Strategies Inc., which is heading the marketing on the project.

Catamount Ski Resort, which currently doesn't offer onsite lodging, would team with developing partners Rock Solid Development, LLC, of Windsor, Conn., and BBL Construction Services, LLC, of Albany, to build the resort. There could be up to 125 units offered in the three buildings that could be purchased through an innovative purchasing structure.

Buyers can purchase the condominiums or opt into a "fractional ownership" program, which offers ownership of the condominium once every fifth week or the option to offer the unit up for rent.


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Elsemore said these condominiums would be "extremely convenient" for second-home owners who would like to enjoy the cultural activities in Berkshire or Columbia county during the summer, or enjoy winter skiing. These units include studio or up to three-bedroom units that are fully furnished to include silverware, housekeeping, and in-house maintenance. The price of a studio would begin in the mid $50,000 range.

"It's extremely convenient; many [buyers] may already own second homes," Elsemore said. "They don't want to deal with upkeep associated with an additional home. We've taken out all of his."

Catamount can receive 20,000 visitors in the summer, and the business swells in the winter up to 90,000 to 100,000, Edwards said. He envisioned generating greater business and a boost in summer programming, which already includes the largest aerial adventure park in the region.

"There will be more people visiting the local towns," Edwards said. "It will bring people to the area restaurants and stores."

Chairwoman Marcia Becker said the seven-person Copake Planning Board is reviewing the site plan and other elements. The location is zoned for residential development, so it would require the renewal of a special-use permit that had previously been approved in 2006, according to Becker.

The project, which includes a maintenance building in Egremont, will be further discussed during Egremont's Select Board meeting Monday and during a Copake Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Thursday.

"It's moving forward through the process established by the town to review development projects," Becker said.

For additional information on the project, visit www.berkshiremountainclub.com.

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