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Camp-of-the-Woods has three projects slated

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Updated: 8:11 PM



SPECULATOR -- The Camp-of-the-Woods resort here has several building projects in the works.

Camp Renovations and Maintenance Director Mel LaScola presented plans to the Village of Speculator Planning Board July 22, but has not yet submitted permit applications.

The resort hopes to start two of the projects in September and finish them by May 15, 2015, LaScola said.

The first would add two buildings for summer staff accommodations in the wooded "Hillside Area," the same as the one erected last year.

The second project would expand the dining hall to add kitchen space. "I think the existing kitchen has been there since the 1970s," LaScola said. "They served over 100,000 meals in a 10-week period from a 22- by 48-foot kitchen."

Camp wants to make the kitchen bigger, to 26 feet by about 120 feet, LaScola said, "into something like a Golden Corral, kitchen in back and buffet in front," and create a separate service access with a loading dock.

The dining hall, which was expanded last year to add more seating, is currently "squared off," LaScola said. "We would go out 50 feet more on one end and 30 feet more on the other connected by a bias of 50 feet."

The third project would start a year from now, replacing the Pueblo Building.

LaScola said he had planned to raise the building, put a foundation under it and set it back down, but found extreme dry rot, "so from keeping the existing building and simply adding a foundation we went to putting up a new building."

The 1950s building is 44 by 24.5 feet with an eight-foot porch, LaScola said, and is 23 feet from the property line. Camp wants to make the new building larger and six feet closer to the line.

"There are four apartments in the existing Pueblo and there will be four in the new one," he said, with no height difference.

Planning Board Chairman Judith Peck asked how much of the resort's land is covered by buildings. LaScola thinks there is still room to grow, but could not answer.

Zoning Officer Spencer Tracy will work with Code Enforcement Officer Victoria Buyce to find out. LaScola said there are old buildings that could be taken down if necessary.


Donald Rhodes updated the board on his proposed expansion at Lake Pleasant Lodge motel.

Regarding the number of rooms, he said, he has retained a consultant who has done over 1,700 similar studies to do a marketing and feasibility study. Once the study is complete, Rhodes said he would modify his plans to address the board's concerns.

He also plans to determine the projected economic impact. Although that is not required, Rhodes said, he feels it is needed to gain political and community support.

The board will not schedule a public hearing on the project until it has a final application.

The planning board will next meet Tuesday, Aug. 26, starting at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.


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