No Developers Bid for Jericho Campground
February 24, 2012
Berlin Daily Sun
BERLIN – No private developers responded to a
request for proposals to build and operate a 200-site campground at Jericho
Mountain State Park under a 20-year lease with the Division of Parks and
Recreation. Interested parties had until Thursday, Feb. 16 to submit proposals.
Trails Bureau head Chris Gamache, who is overseeing the process for the state, said no proposals were received.
“I’m disappointed but not shocked,” said Gamache, noting the economy is still in tough shape and the campground is a big project. He said he had received a few telephone inquires about the project but no one turned out for a Jan. 6 pre-submittal meeting and tour of the property.
Gamache said over the next week the state will review its options and decide on a future course. He said the state could reissue the request for proposals, reconfi gure the project and issue a new request for proposals, or look at doing something in-house. He said the focus is on getting camping at the new ATV park as quick as possible.
The state had hoped to announce the successful bidder on March 6 and see construction of the campground underway this spring.
The master plan calls for a campground that would include 81 RV sites with water and electric hook-ups, 93 tent sites, and 26 remote sites. The 2007 plan estimated the cost of developing the campground at $2 million.
The bureau is negotiating with Dillon Investments LLC to purchase an additional 1,500 acres for the 7,200-acre park. One of the parcels under negotiation, a 1,300-acre piece north of the existing park boundary, is the preferred site for the campground.
The state purchased the property in 2006 to develop into an ATV park. The master plan calls for 136 miles of ATV trails – about 70 miles of trail have been constructed.