Elm Court Estate in Stockbridge waits for redesign
STOCKBRIDGE -- Overlooking one of the town's most scenic vistas, the historic Elm Court Estate on Old Stockbridge Road sits silently behind closed gates on its still-snow-covered landscape, still awaiting transformation into a high-end boutique resort.
Ten months after voters approved a zoning bylaw allowing the property's new operators, Travaasa Experiential Resorts, to add a wing exceeding the maximum allowable height of 35 feet, plans have yet to be filed with three town boards prior to construction.
The resort company's Front Yard LLC, which purchased the property from Robert and Sonya Berle's Elm Court Realty LLC, in July 2012 for $9.8 million, is nearing completion of its redesign.
An application for a special permit will be filed with the Select Board, probably early next month, said Christopher Manning, senior vice president of Amstar in Denver, the global real estate investment firm that owns a subsidiary, Green Tea LLC, operator of Travaasa.