in Western Massachusetts with a Destination Resort Spa
the Quabbin Resort Development
Im really excited about the team weve put together and honored that they are, in turn, very enthusiastic about this unique mixed-use project, said Paul T. McDermott, President of Bridgeland Development Massachusetts LLC. We have some of the top consultants in the state that really know the ins and outs of District Improvement Financing (DIF), Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act (MEPA), Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) and many other areas of funding, conservation, environmental and historical issues that will certainly concern us as we bring this project carefully to fruition.
McDermott adds that the team really includes the local legislative body, directors of the Belchertown Economic Development Corporation (BEDIC), Town officials of Belchertown, and the Town departments that will be assisting the Master Developer and Project Team over the next three years.
The Team Includes:
In less than a year, two independent and comprehensive Market Feasibility Studies have suggested the Quabbin Resort Development, overlooking the Mt. Holyoke Range and the 400-acre New England Small Farm Institute, will be a favored destination of spa goers, families, equestrian enthusiasts, and those wishing to enrich and improve their lives in a variety of unique ways, both traditional and non-traditional.
Bridgeland Development LLC and BEDIC Directors signed a Memorandum of Agreement and a Purchase and Sale Agreement in May 2006 and a development plan is near completion for an early Fall 2006 closing. 272 acres of the former Belchertown State School campus were sold to the BEDIC in 2002 for the amount of $10. Since that time, several acres on the south end of Parcel B, as it is known, have been sold for local business. The remaining 156 acres will be home to the unique mixed-use development that will feature a 200 400 room resort hotel & spa, a Conference & Banquet Center, a 200-stall Equestrian Center, a 60,000 100,000 square foot hospital-affiliated Wellness Center and a Sports Performance Center as well as recreation and healing-focused businesses and attractions.
Demolition and remediation of the current site facilities is anticipated to start in Fall 2007 with new construction slated for the early Spring of 2008. A Grand Opening is expected in Summer 2009. A web site is currently being constructed. Tours of the site are available to media by appointment.
Paul T. McDermott
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