Originally slated for a summer opening, Falmouth’s high-end glamping site is now scheduled to be completed on Thursday, October 15, with an opening date to be determined.
“We’ve had several challenges and delays from COVID-19. We continue to work. However, crews are limited to protect workers,” Brad Guidi of Blue Flag Development said. Mr. Guidi appeared in front of the planning board Tuesday night, May 12, with an update on the project.
The 13-acre site, formerly the Sippewissett Campground and Cabins, had been used for family camping for nearly 100 years. The operation opening there in five months will transform traditional camping into a more-glamorous version, called glamping, that is designed for comfort, convenience and style. The site will contain 98 Airstream trailers, 10 luxury tents and an almost-8,000-square-foot clubhouse.
The camp operator is AutoCamp, a San Francisco-based outdoor hospitality company. The Falmouth location, called AutoCamp Cape Cod, is the company’s first on the East Coast.
Mr. Guidi said the site is under construction and site work and landscaping should be complete by the end of summer. The two-level clubhouse should be done by the October deadline, he said. The owner is waiting on building permits to build a maintenance shed that has been delayed with the shutdown of the building department.
Mr. Guidi told planning board members that he and his team have met with the neighbors several times throughout the course of construction, including a month ago, when they visited homes and looked out their windows to see what the views would be.
“We have invited bordering neighbors who have expressed interest to help us place the plantings when they arrive so they have active participation in the vegetative buffer execution,” he said.
Board member James Fox said people need to remember there will be 5,000 plants when all is said and done.
“This is the ugly-duckling phase of construction. Wait when construction is complete and the vegetation is all planted and begins to fill in,” he said.
Trees were removed so that new utilities could be installed and grading work for better stormwater management achieved, he said, noting, “We have done everything we could to keep trees throughout the construction process.”
Plans include planting a natural vegetable buffer area with 1,236 plants along the street and neighboring property. Beyond the buffer area, almost 4,000 plants will be planted throughout the property. They will be maintained with an irrigation system once it is installed.
Each Airstream will have a bathroom, bedroom and living space. Airstreams come equipped with a queen-size bed and a couch that converts into a bed. The tents have queen-size beds as well, but bathroom facilities for tent guests will be located in the clubhouse. Some of the sites will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.