The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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February 18, 2006

Seven Springs plans pricey condos

Complex will be built atop slopes

SOMERSET — Seven Springs Mountain Resort unveiled plans Friday for an exclusive condominium hotel complete with a restaurant and bar, convenience store, exercise room and meeting space.

The Lodge at Southwind will be developed as part of Southwind at Lake Tahoe, a $100 million townhouse complex being constructed atop the slopes overlooking the resort.

While a price tag for the hotel was not available, its 65 condos will sell for between $219,000 and $799,000, resort officials said.

The announcement comes as Seven Springs and nearby Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Fayette County are up for two resort slots licenses that will be awarded by the state. With only two applicants for two licenses, both likely will be approved.

A hearing on Seven Springs’ gambling proposal will take place May 3 at Hidden Valley Resort near Bakersville.

A Seven Springs official said in a statement that the lodge will have a mountain-rustic style.

“The Lodge at Southwind will have magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and all of the luxuries and charm discerning vacationers have come to expect,” said Greg Spearn, real-estate director.

Plans call for the lodge to have four stories with the restaurant, bar, convenience store and other amenities on the first floor, and studio and one-, two- and three-bedroom condos on the upper three levels, Seven Springs real estate coordinator Alicia Thompson said.

The number of units could change, Thompson said, depending on response from buyers.

She said reservations are being accepted immediately with a fully refundable $5,000 deposit.

Buyers can have their units included in the Seven Springs rental program, but are not obligated to do so, she said.

The lodge is expected to be opened in late December 2007.

A groundbreaking will take place this fall.

Each unit, ranging from 500 to 1,600 square feet, will contain a full kitchen, living and dining areas with granite countertops, ceramic tile baths, fireplaces, balconies, air conditioning and slope-side storage. The lodge will have an underground parking garage.

Residents will share a swimming pool, hot tub and community center with Southwind at Lake Tahoe, a 154-unit townhouse complex.

Ted Potts can be reached at 445-5103 or

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