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No Deal: Proposal for Milton to buy Boy Scout camp Boyhaven is dead, board says

July 25, 2018 11:16 PM

MILTON, N.Y. - On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts Twin Rivers Council told Town of Milton Board members they're out of time to find the money needed to buy camp Boyhaven.

The news comes after almost a year of negotiating with numerous community organizations and donors.

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Two of the people who worked for months trying to close this deal said they're extremely disappointed by this news. They believe the Town of Milton missed a big opportunity.

Benny Zlotnick was one of the people working on a deal with Twin Rivers to buy the 300 acre campground.

"I can't even begin to think how many people wanted this project to happen,” Zlotnick said. “And the three months that I've been doing this I've had three people tell me they didn't want this to happen. That's just overwhelming."

The town initially agreed to buy the property for $1M. Though it's worth much more than that, Twin Rivers wanted to ensure whoever bought it, kept it a campground.

The town agreed and put a $500K deposit down while they looked for the other half from donors. They almost had the funding in order, but orchestrating the deal with several different parties, including two anonymous donors and the sheriffs association, was taking too long.

So the town offered more for an extension.

"They didn't want our $20,000 for an extension which was great, saved us some money,” Zlotnick said. “We offered to make that nonrefundable and they still didn't take it. So I think they tried and I can't speak for the council as to why this was finally a firm deadline. They said it's been long enough it's time to move on which I completely understand.”

Zlotnick said the town will get the $500K deposit back.

As for what happens next, the Times Union is reporting that Prime Group Holdings, a Saratoga Springs based company that buys and operates self-storage, is looking to buy the property.

Larry Woolbright, Chairman of the Milton Planning Board, also worked on the deal with Twin Rivers for months.

"I hope that whoever buys it will be able to preserve it and that will be open for public use,” Woolbright said. “But there's no guarantee of that obviously."

NewsChannel 13 reached out to Prime Group Holdings to ask about the status of the deal with Twin Rivers, as well as what plans they may have for the property. Our request for comment was not immediately returned.

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Alyssa Plock

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