By Jim Krencik
Medina Journal-Register — KENDALL — The redevelopment of the former Salvation Army campground in the county’s northeast corner into a three-season resort community has swiftly moved from getting municipal approval to getting reservations for lakeside cottages.
The Cottages at Troutburg is scheduled to welcome its first cottages — built offsite — and first residents this summer.
The 126-acre property sits along Lake Ontario at the Orleans-Monroe county line in the Town of Kendall. It will feature as many as 400 cottages in a gated community open from April 1 to Nov. 30.
Real estate agent Bob King is part of a team giving tours of the site each weekend. He said that the first two weeks of taking reservations has attracted the interest of residents from across western New York and southern Ontario.
Those residents will own their cottages but have long-term leases to the land they sit on. King said some are viewing their cottage as a warm-weather home. Others intend to share it among their family as a waterfront getaway.
”These cottages satisfy the dream of living on the water without the cost or maintenance,” King said. “It’s the first of its kind in Western New York.”
The first phase of development is planned to place more than 100 cottages along the lake, although the look of those buildings is up to their future residents.
On Saturday, those visiting the site could walk through a demo of one of the 15 different cottage models that residents can choose from. The model, a Cape Cottage, has two second-story bedrooms in a loft above a wood paneled first floor that has an open, cabin style.
“It still has the camp feel,” realtor Bill Parkhurst said while taking a couple from the Rochester area on a tour of the cottage.
That will be aided by amenities like a white sand beach, existing walking trails and fish-stocked ponds; bonfire pits and a planned 100-foot pier for boats and smaller watercraft.
A number of infrastructural improvements are being undertaken before the first cottagers can move in this June.
Roadways are being built up, sewer and water lines are being strengthened and electricity upgrades are on the way. As is a lodge that will have a general store, a snack shop and a 300-seat gathering place.
Once those touches are in place, the cottages will come. And soon, the cottagers will follow.