BURRILLVILLE – The company that was looking to build a “glamping” style campground on a Boy Scout property in Burrillville has reportedly withdrawn their application after hearing the noise level from a nearby race track.
Brooklyn-based Getaway, a business that markets tiny cabins and campsites where visiting urban dwellers can unplug and reconnect with nature had submitted a proposal to build a 65-unit outpost on a 180-acre area within the Buck Hill Scout Reservation. The company hoped to add Burrillville to a list of more than 30 destinations across the country where visitors could, “create distance from the relentless demands of work, schedules, and technology.”
The project would have repurposed a property owned by the Rhode Island Boy Scouts long known as Cub World, reusing existing structures at the scout camp, including a garage, lodges, cell towers and septic, and adding 140 to 200 square-foot, “cabins,” complete with heat and air conditioning
It went before the Planning Board in February, and members voted unanimously to approve Getaway’s master plan for the three lots off of Buck Hill Road, also granting the plan a positive recommendation. The project was next headed to zoning, where the company planned to apply for a special use permit.
But then, company officials visited the property on a spring night.
After hearing the noise from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, a race track located roughly 3.5 miles away in Thompson, Conn., Getaway withdrew the application.
“I understand that they visited the site on the weekend and decided to pull the application based on what they experienced,” said Town Planner Raymond Goff.
For now, it seems, those seeking the tranquility offered at Getaway’s outposts will have to wait for the business to find a more suitable location in the Ocean State.