Town Gives Okemo Green Light for Expansion

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Ludlow, Vt., April 25--The Town of Ludlow's Development and Review Board Friday gave Okemo Mountain Resort the green light to build phase I of its planned Jackson Gore expansion. That means the resortnow will go before the state for its Act 250 hearing process to determine whether the project meets Vermont environmental and land-use law.

Phase I includes plansto build a five-story 117-condominium hotel, 15 new trails and three lifts. It is only the first part of a multi-phase expansion that will also see a second base area and village with 450 homes, retail shops and restaurants.

Plans also call for five acres of glades on the mountain and a total of five lifts when the project is complete. According to Okemo President Tim Mueller, the resort hopes to begin construction this summer.