Cumberland Township, Pa., supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday (June 27) to grant conditional use for a campground at the former Boyds Bears facility, according to the Gettysburg Times.
The project, known as the Barn Resort, would provide some 365 sites for RVs and other styles of camping on 33 of the site’s approximately 130 acres. The property off Emmitsburg Road straddles Cumberland and Freedom townships. Its centerpiece is the five-story former Boyds Bears Country facility, which for eight years housed a collectible teddy bear retail outlet and restaurant until the business closed in early 2011.
Under the site’s mixed-use zoning, BR Smith Properties’ project at 75 Cunningham Road could not advance without the conditional use permit, which supervisors granted subject to several conditions.
One condition is campsites must be at least 35 feet from neighboring residential land.
Also, the campground is to be surrounded by a fence or vegetative screening. Smith is to work with neighbors to make that decision and determine the design.