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Update: Powder Ridge Plan May Still Move Forward

Developer interested in 'moving ahead with project' to meet with town officials next month.

Update: Powder Ridge Plan May Still Move Forward

A plan to restore Powder Ridge may not be dead after all.

As snow fell for the first time this season on Thursday night, it became apparent that the town was still weighing its options to reopen the ski area despite Tuesday's news that a deal with Alpine Ridge LLC of Fairfield, PA had fallen through.

In an email to Patch, Rick Sabatino, who briefly served as a consultant to Alpine, said he planned to travel to Middlefield within the next couple of weeks "with one of the individuals interested in seeing the project go forward."

"Their involvement would turn Powder Ridge into more than a ski hill," he said.

In an email Friday, Sabatino said he would pursue renewed negotiations through his own consulting company.

On Tuesday afternoon the town to buy Powder Ridge for $1 million was off, although it remains unclear why the developer pulled out of the deal.

Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

Editor's Note: In the previous report, Sabatino had incorrectly been identified as an employee of Alpine Ridge LLC.

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