WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- A proposed timeshare hotel on the 200-acre Waubeeka golf-course property in South Williamstown could be limited to 120 rooms, could occupy less than 10 acres and could be sited on what is now a driving range nearly a half-mile from U.S. Route 7, developer Mike Deep suggests in an email made public by the town on Tuesday.
Deep suggests in an email to selectman Ronald Turbin that he might agree to such a project -- and a limitation on timeshare hotels in town only to his Waubeeka property, "in an effort to obtain town-wide support." His email does not offer to agree to one request that Deep says he has heard from neighbors: That he accept a permanent conservation easement on the other 190 acres as a condition of obtaining zoning relief to build a resort hotel complex. "I'm not sure what the future will hold 50 years from today," he says on that point in the email. "We should not lock out our options."
In his email, Deep says he believes just about everyone in South Williamstown supports what he is calling a resort hotel project, but some neighbors have asked for a "narrower bylaw" than contained in the language of a citizen petition submitted to the May 17 Town Meeting by Deep's attorney, Stan Parese, and 19 other town residents.
"Hopefully, if we are all reasonable, together we can build a wonderful entrance to our southern gateway and not divide our neighbors against one another," Deep wrote in the March 20 email to Turbin, adding: "Thank-you for all your interest and help in trying to keep an iconic area in our town! Thank you for putting your trust in us. Valued customers like you often provide us with the best referrals."