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Private $10 million campground in Franklin Township given 90 day extension by supervisors

Published March 17. 2010 05:00PM

An Allentown businessman's plans to build a 25-acre private campground in Franklin Township was given a 90-day extension to complete his plans on Tuesday night by Franklin Township supervisors.

Victor Frye has been working on this development plan for nearly three years and has altered the plan to fit Franklin Township's requirements.

Instead of individual recreational buildings being built in one area of the development, a single recreational center will be built.

The proposed member-only campground would be located on the former Otto Campgrounds at 1500 Rock St. in Franklin Township. The first phase of the resort includes 56 rental cottage units, a recreation center, lodge and social hall, five swimming pools, a waterfall, clubhouse and restaurant, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails and other recreational activities.

Members of the Carbon County Planning Commission approved Frye's plans in October 2009.

On Aug. 21, 2007, the county commission rejected the plans for the $10.9 million private resort after the issue of drainage on the property was addressed.

Conditions that needed to be changed before Frye was able to receive preliminary approval from the township included the total acreage, which conflicts in two areas of the current proposal; a plan outlining the proposed method of accommodating storm water from the resort's private access roadway; and obtaining additional township, county and state permits or approvals. These included storm water control and drainage plans, sedimentation and erosion control plans and a NPDES permit from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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