Raystown development–a good idea?

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Supporters of plans for a major development at Raystown Lake are appealing to the community to take another look at it. It’s drawn opposition from  residents concerned about how changes would affect the lifestyle they enjoy at the lake.

A developer from Texas is proposing an $89 million project at Raystown Lake which would include a large lodge and a public recreation area. For the plan to advance, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers would have to approve the use of the Hawn’s Bridge area of Raystown  for high density recreational  development.

The recreation area would include a beach, kayaks and canoes, a small marina, a restaurant, camping sites and an environmental learning center.

Janet Chambers, who represents the developer, says the project would affect only a small portion of the Raystown Lake area.

“Only four percent of the shoreline of  Raystown Lake is developed. There’s 118 miles of shoreline and only four percent is developed. This project would add only 1 percent developed shorelines at Raystown Lake.” Chambers said.

The development is supported by Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission.

Commission Business Director Debbi Prosser said, “We get very excited, particularly when you have  an  investor coming from outside of the region, bringing this type of money to a place he doesn’t currently live. That’s pretty amazing  and it really doesn’t happen that often.”

Prosser says the Raystown development could bring to Huntingdon County the economic boost  the Bedford Springs Hotel  brought to Bedford County.

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