- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A southern Vermont private ski resort wants to expand its members-only resort on Haystack Mountain in Wilmington and Dover.

Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1NI1Zo8 ) that The Hermitage Club filed its master plan with the Natural Resources Board in November. The plan explains the project details and begins the Act 250 process.

The company says it expects to develop more than 600 new residential units on the mountain through 2025. Its plans include four mountain restaurants, a new snowmaking system and up to three hotels.

The club plans to spend $285 million during the 10-year construction period and create about 235 full-time jobs each year. The company said about 550 people will be directly employed on the mountain when the resort becomes fully operational in 2025.

The private club has a $75,000 membership fee with annual dues of $6,500.

Club director of communications Meredith Morin said the company is waiting to hear from the District 2 Environmental Commission to see if hearings can begin.

“This is a major moment to have our Act 250 permit complete, and we do look forward to the next steps in this process,” Morin said.

Wilmington Zoning Administrator Craig Ohlson said the town will take part in the Act 250 hearings but hasn’t taken a formal stance on the project.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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