WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Ads targetted to local users are appearing on Facebook promoting a developer's proposal for an up-to-120 room "country inn" on up to 10 acres of the 207-acre Waubeeka golf course in South Williamstown.
The ads provide a link to a PDF document which lays out what appears to be developer Michael Deep's latest iteration of his proposal -- scaled back from a proposal his supporters have asked Williamstown Town Meeting to approve on May 17. The much-bigger proposal is still officially on the Town Meeting warrant, however.
Here is a link to the PDF self-described "fact sheet" posted on Wednesday:
And a link to a PDF of concept drawings and other assertions:
The "fact sheet" asserts the "60 new jobs" will be added to Williamstown if a country inn is built. The Facebook ads link to a Facebook business page which contains messages promoting the project such as:
"Did you know...The Country Inn and Spa proposal is expected to generate an estimated $500,000 per year in local tax revenue when the new facility is in operation."
Deep has been asked by this writer for substantiation of the mathematics for such assertions as well as others made in earlier advertisements placed on the Time Warner cable system that serves Williamstown. In addition, the Williamstown Finance Committee had granted him time at its next meeting on Monday, May 9 to make his case for an assertion of financial benefits to the town if he is granted a zoning change to build the hotel.
Meanwhile, town officials have proposed a modified zoning-overlay proposal for the South Williamstown area that includes Waubeeka, and members of the Planning Board are expected to discuss that, and possibly recommend or reject it to Town Meeting, at their public meeting next Thurs., April 28.