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Spruce Peak Realty, LLC, and Lowe Enterprises Start Construction on Stowe Mountain Lodge
in Stowe, Vermont
Upon Completion, the Lodge Will be Managed
by Destination Hotels & Resorts


STOWE, Vt. - July 27, 2005 -- Spruce Peak Realty, LLC, and Lowe Enterprises have started construction on Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. The Lodge will be located at the base of Spruce Peak at Stowe, the alpine village currently being master developed by Spruce Peak Realty, LLC, the joint venture between Mt. Mansfield Co., Inc., a wholly-owned American International Group, Inc. (AIG) entity, and AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp., AIG's real estate investment management subsidiary. The Spruce Peak at Stowe project includes 235 developable acres and 2,000 acres of conservation lands.

The Lodge will be located in the center of the 35-acre alpine village site, which will include a signature restaurant, meeting facilities, a retail plaza and a 21,000 square foot spa and wellness center. The 310,000 square foot first phase of the Lodge development will feature 136 full-service, luxury condominium units, of which 34 will be shared ownership residences called the Front Four.

"The Lodge reflects the overall intent of Spruce Peak: preservation of the surrounding environment with an emphasis on natural beauty. The Lodge design respects the mountain setting, while offering luxury accommodations with direct access to the mountain, including ski-in and ski-out access," noted Kevin Fitzpatrick, president of AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp.

Stowe Mountain Lodge is being developed by Lowe's hospitality development subsidiary, Lowe Destination Development (LDD). Upon completion, the Lodge will be managed by Lowe's hospitality management subsidiary, Destination Hotels & Resorts (DH&R). The spa operations will be a joint venture between DH&R and the Cooper Wellness Institute.

"Stowe has old-world charm and a stunning landscape that makes it an attractive mountain vacation spot for all four seasons," said Rob Lowe, president, Lowe Destination Development. "The Stowe Mountain Lodge will provide guests and residents an unparalleled location at the base of Spruce Peak at Stowe, the Northeast's premier skiing and recreation area."

The Lodge will feature a spacious restaurant and outdoor dining patio facing the ski area and a village green that will be created at the base of the mountain. This village green will include a retail plaza, the spa and wellness center and seasonal entertainment, including an ice rink in the winter and outdoor entertainment space in the summer. Spruce Peak at Stowe will also include a Bob Cupp 18-hole championship golf course that will enhance recreational opportunities and round out the guest experience. With more than 15,000 square feet of banquet and meeting facilities, the Lodge will provide a first class venue for medium-size groups and conferences.

Of the 102 condominium units in phase one, 80 will be studios with kitchenettes and 23 will be three-bedroom suites. The top two floors will be dedicated to the Front Four where 34 two-, three-, and four-bedroom fractional units will be served by their own private lobby. A second phase could accommodate an additional 115 condominium units.

The Lodge held a sales event on June 25 resulting in more than $50 million in sales including the purchase of 75 percent of the phase one condominium units. "Selling such a significant number of units so quickly is a testament to the quality of the property and level of service offered which differentiates the Lodge and Stowe in the Northeast market," noted Lowe.

Designed by Denver-based 42/40 Architecture and New York-based Brennan Beer Gorman, the six-story Lodge draws on the architectural tradition of the Adirondack summer camps with rustic influences which reflect its mountain and forest setting. Wilson & Associates is handling the interior design.

"To maintain consistency with the overall design and development principles of the Spruce Peak project, we are incorporating green building principles into the project with an emphasis on energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity," noted LDD project manager Ken Hoeppner. "The aesthetic will feature natural materials and an overall warm color scheme to both reflect the natural environment and create a tranquil setting."


Lowe Enterprises

Also See: Lowe Enterprises Acquires Skamania Lodge in Washington State, Destination Hotels & Resorts to Manage the Property / July 2005
Lowe Enterprises Acquires the Dolce Hamilton Park and Dolce Tarrytown House; Properties Will be Renamed and Managed by Destination Hotels and Resorts / April 2005

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