EDA approves $144K in sales, mortgage tax abatements for Big Guys Campground

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 November 2021 at 2:07 pm

MURRAY – The Orleans Economic Development Agency has approved mortgage and sales tax abatements that will save the owners of Big Guys Campground about $144,000.

The owners are developing a 98.5-acre campground at the former Brockport Country Club at 3739 Monroe Orleans County Line Rd.

The project will cost nearly $3 million and will be built in three phases with about 350 camp sites when it’s done.

The EDA said the project will be a tourism draw for the county, drawing many visitors from outside the area.

The owners of the project – Laura Perri, William Bosley, Marie Loewke and Jim Loewke –said the $2.9 million project includes new construction, site work, utilities and infrastructure, and design and legal fees.

They are estimating 3 full-time permanent jobs in the first year, and 8 full-time jobs by year 3, paying average of $25,000 a year.

The EDA board on Oct. 18 approved the $144,566 in abatements. That includes abated the 8 percent sales tax on $1,517,251 for construction materials, fixtures and equipment or $121,380 and the 1 percent mortgage tax on a $2,318,576 mortgage or $23,186.

Big Guys is planning to construct 350 new camp sites, in a project over three phases that is expected to be complete by May 2025.

Big Guys have a motto “have a XXL-ent time!” The camp sites are at 3,000 square feet, which are bigger and more private than most sites, according to information from the company submitted to the EDA.

The campground will offer full hookups with water, sewer and electric, and Big Guys are looking into providing cable and WiFi. Most of camp sites are pull through to accommodate bigger rigs.

The owners also will be offering clamping tents, unique cabins such as sheds with a bed, and standard trailer/cabin rentals.

The property will include Glow Golf, two activity rooms, coffee bar, tiki bar, bar and restaurant, event room, multiple rentable spaces and natural playground made from trees, tires and recycled materials. Big Guys also will keep most of the mature trees to provide natural barriers from neighbors and sun shade.