Camp Hamachane opening pushed to 2015
|By Kim Smith Dedam, The Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, N.Y.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
This spring, Rabbi
Hersch said they ran into legal snags as work got underway to restore the property.
"We will not be opening this summer," Hersch told the Press-Republican by telephone.
"God willing, we should be able to open next summer. We ran into a few legal issues, and we will not be able to finish all the things we had to do, fixing up everything that has to be fixed up to be ready."
Hersch would not elaborate further on the legal issues, and his attorney,
But minutes from the
"Some groups think the property should be reverted to state land since the state owned it."
The question of land-use classification was raised at a public hearing in
At the time, the APA indicated the land use would revert from State Administrative to Moderate Intensity, the designation in force when
"The property has been used for private business since 1897 and is currently designated as State Administrative; it was not designated as forest lands.
SALE FINAL IN APRIL
Hersch and project financier
The former minimum-security prison at the site closed six years ago amid
Fine won a second-place auction bid from the
The sale closed in April.
Hersch was looking to add outdoor playing fields and a swimming pool to the camp, but beyond that, use would remain much the same.
The new owners are reactivating the wastewater treatment system that served
The comment period on the project is open through
In its notice, DEC made a tentative determination to issue a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.
"This tentative determination indicates that the discharge regulated under this statute is considered to satisfy regulatory standards for permit issuance, based on information available to the department at this time."
EYED JULY OPENING
The initial reuse plan was developed for summer use, leaving extended fall, winter and spring options open for future development.
Hersch and Fine live in the
They had hoped, despite tight application deadlines, to open the new camp this month.
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