Plans for what is estimated to be the largest Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in the U.S. have hit a snag, according to WVAH.
Slated to be located in Mason County, W. Va., local officials are now saying that the cost of a sewer project that would need to be completed before the $10 million development could move in may be too high.
Commissioners and engineers talked numbers Thursday (March 28) night at the Mason County Commission meeting. Members looked over two estimates for sewer projects to get Route 35 ready for the development.
One estimate includes a 17-mile stretch of Route 35 to the Putnam County line. The cost to install sewer infrastructure for that project would be about $31 million. The second estimate included sewage infrastructure on the planned development area, which is only about seven miles. The total cost for that project would be about $10.5 million.
“We’re looking at a lot of money,” Commission President Rick Handley said.
Developer Lance Thornton was hoping to move quickly, but commissioners said they cannot spend money on this sewer project unless they have a solid commitment from the developer. Thornton was hoping for a similar promise Thursday evening.
“They are asking us to buy the property and commit to this before they commit to putting in a sewer line,” Thornton said. “That doesn’t make any business sense.”
Thornton said they are now talking with other communities such as Putnam and Gallia counties about developing the water park and campground there.
“My takeaway from this meeting is that the commissioners in Mason County are not behind this project,” Thornton said.
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