Camp may be divided into lots

BLEECKER – A company wants to buy and subdivide the former Woodworth Lake Boy Scout Camp and then sell the lots.

New York Land and Lakes Development, a Delaware County-based development firm, has applied to subdivide more than 1,000 acres of land, according to the Adirondack Park Agency.

Alan Lord, project manager with New York Land and Lakes, said the company is under contract to buy the former Scout camp from the Twin Rivers Council.

The camp was put up for sale last May with an asking price of $1.25 million.

Lord said the company would subdivide the land and sell the lots individually.

“We don’t build anything, we just subdivide land,” Lord said.

He said the company was attracted to the site.

“It is a great area, I think there is a lot to do,” Lord said. “It is an excellent piece of property.”

According to Fulton County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty, the company would acquire eight parcels and would need local town and APA approvals before it can go forward.

APA spokesman Keith McKeever said approval would need to be given before anything can go forward, and construction would require approval from other municipal or state agencies.

“So, just getting the APA permit does not mean [someone] can just start building,” McKeever said.

The APA mailed a notice to residents around Woodworth Lake Road, Woodworth Lake and Hinds Pond in Bleecker and Johnstown to let them know about the proposal.

Geraghty said the Johnstown Town Planning Board would need to approve the subdivision for the areas around Hinds Pond. For the Bleecker areas, Geraghty said the town has no laws governing subdivisions, so the APA would make the decision.

Geraghty said the Fulton County Planning Department will review the proposal Tuesday.

Johnstown Town Councilman Jim Westover and Bleecker Supervisor David Howard both said officials would have to look at the plan carefully.

Wayne Eglintine, who lives on Woodworth Lake Road, said he received a notice regarding the application.

He said he would not be opposed to development or work on or around the lake, but he has questions.

“We are a dead-end dirt road and there is nothing in that project that says what they are going to do on the road,” Eglintine said.

Eglintine said he is concerned trucks for possible future construction could disrupt the road and lower the quality of life.

Howard said he has known about the development idea but not the scope of what might be done.

Howard said representatives from New York Land and Lakes will appear Wednesday during the 7 p.m. Town Board meeting to discuss the details of the project.

The Woodworth Lake reservation opened in 1949. The camp included three ponds and a lake. It was used year-round for day camp, Scouting activities, community use and short-term camping.

The site includes, among other things, a rifle and archery range, a dining hall and cabins. When it opened, religious services were held at the camp and the memorial lodge could hold up to 300 people.

According to the Fulton County clerk’s office, the property is still deeded to the Twin Rivers Council.

Representatives from the Twin Rivers Council could not be reached for comment.

Arthur Cleveland can be reached at acleveland@leaderherald.com.