510-Site New York Campground Gets OK
New York Congressman Scott Murphy announced that the Chocolate Moose Campground in Fort Ann has received final Adirondack Park Agency (APA) approval to move forward with construction.
The Fort Ann planning board and New York State Department of Transportation had already approved the project, but the campground needed APA approval in order to move forward. Due to the positive economic development impact the project would have on the region, Murphy intervened on behalf of the Chocolate Moose Campground, urging the APA to grant approval for the project. The camp will create more than 100 seasonal jobs in Washington County and anticipates opening in 2011, according to a news release.
“Tourism plays an important role in the Upstate New York economy, and the Chocolate Moose Campground will have a positive impact on the overall industry,” said Murphy. “In addition to creating a large number of jobs, the campground will attract many visitors to our region, increasing revenues for our local businesses, including restaurants and tourist attractions. This is a great project, and with the APA’s approval, the Pagliaros’ vision will continue to move forward.”
“We are very thankful to Scott Murphy for stepping in to help us out with the approval process when we needed it,” said Donna Pagliario. “With this final approval now granted, we can begin work on the construction phase of the project, which when completed, will be the most state of the art campground in the region. We’ve already received job applications from residents in the Fort Ann area, and are excited to contribute to the economic development of the region.”
The Chocolate Moose Campground will be located along Route 149 near Tripoli Road. The full-service park would feature 510 RV and tent sites on 180 acres. Murphy worked with Vinny and Donna Pagliaro, sending a letter to the APA earlier this month urging them to move forward with the project: