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Letterkenny golf course gets 3-month reprieve

May 02, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Army will continue to operate the Rocky Springs Golf Course through the end of the year, giving the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority an extra three months to decide what to do with the links.

The 10-hole course was scheduled to close Sept. 30, but the Army will keep it open the final three months of this year, Authority Executive Director John Van Horn announced Monday. The land on which the course is laid out will eventually be turned over to the authority, which must decide whether it will maintain the course, lease it to a concessionaire or sell the property.

The course winds its way through a portion of the depot known as the Hills District, with the fourth hole in an area designated as a Keystone Opportunity Zone, Van Horn said. The Army still owns those areas, although they are eventually to be deeded to the authority for development as part of the Cumberland Valley Business Park.

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Last year the Pennsylvania General Assembly approved a number of Keystone Opportunity Zones around the state. Businesses can locate in them and be exempt from most state and local taxes through 2011.

Last month, when the deadline was still Sept. 30, the authority's Board of Directors heard a report from an engineer suggesting the course could be realigned, moving some holes to land unsuitable for industrial development. Charles Sioberg told the directors the cost of moving three or four holes would be about $150,000 per hole.

Operating the course costs the Army about $200,000 a year, which is funded mostly by greens fees, according to authority figures.

Sioberg told the directors last month the course would be an asset for the business park.

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