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One day after dining hall burns, Capital Camps looks to future

October 14, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A day after its dining hall was destroyed by fire, Capital Camps presented a land development plan for a new facility Monday night at the Washington Township Planning Commission meeting.

The plan, which also included an arts and crafts center, a director's cabin and a lodge, was on the agenda for the meeting. The commission recommended the plan be approved by the township's board of supervisors on the condition that it receive approval from the township's municipal authority and that the stormwater plan be recalculated using methodology approved by the township.

The fire was reported at 2:22 a.m. Sunday and caused more than $200,000 damage, according to Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Stanford Sydnor. He issued a report Monday saying the cause of the fire was undetermined and still under investigation.

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The fire also damaged a nearby building, according to Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue Chief John Fleagle. No one was injured in the fire, and no one was staying at the camp, which was closed for the season.

Capital Camps, 12811 Old Route 16, is in the midst of a $13 million redevelopment project that included all of its major buildings. The 267-acre camp was built in the 1920s by Morgan Levy and was bought by Capital Camps in 1986. About 600 Jewish children from the Baltimore and Washington areas come to the camp each summer for stays of two to four weeks at a time.

"They're hoping to have all of it done by May 2004," Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Zeigler said of the plan submitted Monday. A large pool and other improvements already have been completed, he said.

The camp has been submitting land development plans in stages, rather than as one complete plan, according to Zeigler.

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