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Campground to open in Hopkinton next year

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HOPKINTON - Now that he has approval from the Adirondack Park Agency, Timothy S. Sharlow of Elmira, who resides in a summer home on Lake Ozonia, is planning to begin work on a 52.28 acre parcel of land that will soon house a 44-site campground.

“We’ll begin working on it tomorrow,” he said Tuesday afternoon.

While this campsite will only be spread over just more than 50 acres of land, Mr. Sharlow said he and his wife, Gretchen, who grew up together in Massena, own nearly 400 acres of land in the area.

“We have close to 400 acres if you count the land on the other side,” he said referring to land on the other side of Lyd’s Brook, a stream that runs through the property. “There are gorgeous walks for miles down here.”

“The piece of land is ideally suited for this. It has a stream that runs through it and is in an ideal location,” he said, adding the stream is named after the wife of Roswell Hopkins, who founded the town in 1805. “That stream really is the center of attraction.”

Although some residents of the town were concerned that the campground would be located along Lake Ozonia, where several high-price seasonal homes are also located, Mr. Sharlow said that is not the case.

“It’s approximately one mile down the Lake Ozonia Road from the town of Hopkinton,” he said.

Town Supervisor Susan Wood said she’s supportive of the project.

“I would think it’s a good thing. It will bring some customers into our stores, and we’re looking forward to the additional tax revenue,” she said. “It’s nice to see people investing in our community.”

Mr. Sharlow said he and his wife purchased the property, which used to house a “church camp,” roughly two years ago.

“We were standing down here and I said this would make a beautiful RV campsite,” he said.

Mr. Sharlow said his plans call for 44 campsites on the property, as well as a building with showers and bathrooms.

“Most of the sites are going to be for RV usage, but there will be a few tent sites,” he said. “A little over half of the sites will have septic hookups. Just more than half will have electricity and considerably more than half will have water.”

If all goes according to plan, Mr. Sharlow said Lydia’s Place RV Campsites will be open for business next year.

“We thought this was something we could do to help stimulate the economy,” he said.

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