Representatives of the YMCA of Greater Rochester presented plans for the expansion of Camp Cory on Keuka Lake to the Milo Town Board Monday night. YMCA Sr. Vice President Mike Stevens introduced architect Daniel Mossien and Jack Brown of The Pike Co., General Contractors. Together, they described the organization’s plans for expansion and improvements to the 96-year-old camp.
Three years ago, the YMCA developed a master plan for Camp Cory, designed “for the next century of service,” according to Stevens. As part of that plan, they acquired the Chidsey property that borders the south side of the camp on Rte. 54/East Lake Road, two miles south of Penn Yan. That adds 6.8 acres to the camp’s existing 26 acre campus. The Chidsey property includes a white farmhouse near the road, and a teardrop-shaped pond nearer the lake.
Stevens stated that the camp’s current capacity for 60-65 day campers is about half of the current demand, and their overnight camp is already sold out for the season. To better meet that demand, they plan a two-part development of the Chidsey property over the next two years.
Taking cues from the existing farmhouse, explained Mossien, in phase 1, Camp Cory plans to build a large barn structure exclusively for the use of the day campers as a drop-off point and for activities in inclement weather. A climbing wall, styled after a grain silo, is also planned, as well as a large pavilion with a fireplace, additions and improvements to the dining hall and the infirmary, an archery range, and added parking near the highway. They hope to begin phase 1 construction once the 2017 camping season ends in September.
Phase 2, planned for 2018 calls for the construction of six new cabins surrounding the pond, and the renovation of the Chidsey farmhouse. Mossien expects to include other character elements of farming and vineyards into the landscape of the Chidsey plot. He is very familiar with Penn Yan, having been the architect in charge of Birkett Landing Apartments, The Hampton Inn, as well as the Bank of the Finger Lakes coming to the Village Center Building in downtown Penn Yan, and the redevelopment of the Penn Yan Marine site by Chris Iversen.
Milo Supervisor Leslie Church says the camp’s plan has already been approved by the Penn Yan Municipal Utilities Board, and the added sewer demand remains well within the town’s allotted capacity with the village. Stevens and Church both noted the plans are still conceptual in nature, and must undergo full planning approval and public hearing procedures. The board then authorized Church to sign a consultation contract with Larson Design for the project, with costs to be borne by the applicants.
Camp Cory invites the public to a Spring Open House May 21, to enjoy an afternoon at Camp. There will be tours every 15 minutes from 2 to 4 p.m. and select camp activities open for the whole family to try out.