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Plans for RV park at PA airport won’t fly with local officials

It doesn’t appear you’ll be rolling your RV up to park at the Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Airport anytime soon.

The Benner Township Supervisors have rejected plans by the airport’s owner and a developer to build a 100-site campground at the airport. The new park would also have included a 2,500-square-foot clubhouse.

The developers, Marina Elnitski and Maison Lodging, LLC, were hoping to have a facility that would lure those wanting to stay close to the airport, especially for Penn State home football weekends.

Township leaders said they feared the “significant additional traffic” from the park would be a problem, especially since the site is near an elementary school, and would significantly change the character of the neighborhood.

Elnitski and Maison Lodging have asked a judge to reverse the township supervisors’ ruling on their conditional use application. Their attorneys have said the property is zoned agricultural, and campgrounds and RV parks are permitted uses.

The small, rural general aviation airport caters to private pilots and is a popular landing spot for Penn State football fans with aircraft who come for home football games at nearby State College, Pennsylvania.

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GWM
7 months ago

Sounds like an excuse that our township supervisors would come up with as well. 20+ years ago our township “stupidvisors” turned down the proposal for Walmart to locate here. We had a nice sized strip plaza along with a Super K-Mart on the same property. Burger King, KFC, Long John Silvers, McDonalds and another local branded discount department store. Now we have McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Arby’s and about only eight remaining small stores in the strip plaza. Walmart built on the other side of town, only about 5 miles away, and they have boomed ever since with new business and we lost (tax dollars and jobs) because they listened to a few who didn’t want us to grow. Stupid excuses!

MrDisaster
7 months ago

The real reason? One of the developers went to Ohio State! (HaHa)

The Lazy Q
7 months ago

Never in my backyard.

1HasBeen
7 months ago

Yes, yes, don’t forget visitor traffic at the nearby penitentiary. LOL

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