Chocolate Moose Campground Construction Delayed
Construction has not resumed this spring at the Chocolate Moose Campground near Fort Ann, N.Y.
The campground is the largest RV park ever proposed in the Adirondack Park, the Glens Falls Post-Star reported.
Owner Donna Pagliaro said “excessive weather and personal issues” have shifted the time line, though a 2012 opening is still planned for the business, which is located along state Route 149.
“Winter never left, and spring was nothing but wet,” she said, adding that she doesn’t want to compromise the plans by taking shortcuts. Pagliaro would not comment further on the delay.
Chocolate Moose would be the largest campground in the Adirondack Park, with more than 500 RV and tent sites on 180 acres. The camp, as proposed, was expected create about 100 jobs.
Dawnn Johnston, owner of Hillbilly Fun Park on the other side of Route 149 from the proposed campsite, said her customers are curious about the project, and her employees are fielding a lot of questions about it.
“There’s not one day that goes by that one of my customers doesn’t ask what’s going on,” Johnston said.
She has not been able to reach Pagliaro to get clarification on the status of the campground but said she hopes it moves forward after all the interest shown by the community.
The high-profile project encountered resistance during the permitting process with local, state and Adirondack Park agencies, which raised concerns about traffic. Following two years of back-and-forth with officials and an outpouring of public support, the campground was approved last fall.
Excavation work began shortly thereafter and continued until winter.
Last year, before complications altered the timing, the owners said they hoped half the sites would be ready by this summer, with a full opening by 2012.
A message left for Fort Ann Supervisor Gayle Hall was not immediately returned Wednesday.