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Camp LaGuardia Development

Camp LaGuardia is located in the Towns of Chester and Blooming Grove and the Monroe Woodbury School District and is approximately 258 acres in total (194.4 in Town of Chester, 59.6 Blooming Grove, 4.4 Village of Chester). The 1,001-bed shelter owned by New York City was being used for the city's homeless men.

It was closed and purchased by the County in 2007. The County reviewed proposals for re-development and selected Mountco Corporation, which proposed a residential and commercial project not consistent with either Towns' zoning. In 2016, as re-development plans stalled with Mountco, the County Executive presented a concept plan at the State of the County Address, which fit more in line with the zoning in the Town of Chester. Meanwhile, the Town of Chester and Town of Blooming Grove were already looking at their zoning to include light industrial uses to foster economic development with less impact on resources available than Mountco's plan.

In June 2016, The Town Board of Chester adopts a change in zoning from Office Park to Industrial. In Dec 2017, The Town of Blooming Grove adopts new zoning district entitled Non-Nuisance Industrial zoning district.

Recent Update:

Talks Continue on Possible Water Park at Camp LaGuardia Site:

  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Historical Perspective:

  • Crossroads
  • In Feb 2017, County Executive announces plans to solicit bids for the farmland area of the former Camp LaGuardia property but Legislators need more information

  • County seeks to sell 130 acres
  • In Oct 2016, The Village of Kiryas Joel files lawsuit against change in zoning from Office Park to Industrial. In Feb 2017, Judge dismisses case. Read more:

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