$80M renovation of Cranwell resort given OK

11/10/2012  LENOX, MA     The entrance to Cranwell Hall (cq) at Cranwell Resort (cq) in Lenox.  (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
–Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — An $80 million renovation at a Massachusetts resort that dates to the mid-19th century on land that was once owned by the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe has been approved.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Lenox Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a revised special permit for work to expand the Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort.

Under the revised plan, the resort’s mansion will no longer be used for guest check-in, but will feature hotel rooms, dining, entertainment and event space.

The resort is expected to remain open as work begins early next year. Completion of the project is targeted for May 2019.

The Miraval Group completed its $22 million purchase of Cranwell last January. The property was converted to a resort in 1993.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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