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Hundreds turn out against Round Top proposal

Mar 11, 2024 12:49 am

Andrea Macko reports in Porcupine Soup that more than 200 people turned out on March 7 for a first public hearing about a proposed massive redevelopment plan at the former Blackhead Mountain Lodge and Country Club on Round Top. Though most of the crowd was skeptical of the plan, the story does not quote anyone against the proposal, only those in favor. The proposal would remove the resort's 18-hole golf course and add 87 new buildings with 127 hotel units, a 91,500-square-foot main lodge with a spa, restaurant, and bar, a second restaurant, multi-use barn, tennis courts, pool, helipad, and 288 parking spaces. A group has created a SaveRoundTop.com website and has also placed signs around town against the proposal. The California-based developers Henry Courtemanche and Donald Chick of RCBG JV Manager LLC acquired the property from the local Maassmann family last April. The public hearing about the proposal will remain open until the project is “sufficiently reviewed,” Planning Board Chairman Joseph Hasenkopf said. Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.