& HAWN'S BRIDGE
RAYSTOWN LAKE AREA
Huntingdon County, PA
Information about the Proposed
Terrace Mountain Lodge
& Hawn's Bridge Recreation Area
Terrace Mountain Lodge (TML) and Hawn's Bridge Recreation Area are proposed projects to be developed in Huntingdon County, Pa. The lodge is planned on privately owned land overlooking the Hawn’s Bridge Peninsula on the northeast side of Raystown Lake, an 8,300-acre, manmade lake. The concept for the project was launched in 2012 by a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. Currently, these projects have significant support from all local economic development agencies, state and U.S. elected officials, Huntingdon County Commissioners, Huntingdon County Visitor's Bureau, Huntingon County Business & Industry, Union Township, Juniata Township and many local business owners and individuals.
The main reasons for the local support of these projects include the following:
MORE ACCESS TO RAYSTOWN LAKE
+ JOBS + ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
This project would bring about 700 short-term jobs and about 300 permanent long-term jobs to the area. The Huntingdon County economy has been hit hard by closed or reduced manufacturing jobs making it more difficult for many people to find employment. Jobs would include management level as well as entry-level jobs with many career sustaining employment opportunities. It is anticipated that lodge and campground guests would spend up to $100,000 million annually supporting our local economy.
The economic impact of the project has been projected by Southern Alleghenies Planning &
Development Commission (SAP&DC) as follows:
"Based on the designs and plans it is estimated that the resort construction costs will be more than $89 million and will take 2 years to construct. When opened, the resort will employ 300 people with a combined annual payroll of $6.5 million. The annual operating expenses beyond payroll are projected to be more than $15 million. The annual impact of the project’s payroll and operating expenses is expected to be $2.3 million in new annual state and local tax revenue and $1.5 million in annual federal tax revenue.” SAP&DC Economic Impact Report
The SAP&DC Economic Impact Report also cites that during the two-year construction phase, there would be 697 direct construction jobs created, 1,119 indirect jobs, and 106 induced jobs. There would be $35 million in payroll dollars spent on construction and $39 million of value-added dollars due to the investment of $89 million. This would account for $2.9 million in new state and local tax revenue and $5.7 million in new federal tax revenue.
SHOWCASE OUR NATURAL RESOURCES & PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
Many people love to come to Raystown Lake and enjoy the wilderness, plants and aquatic life. However, there are very few access points to get to the water at Raystown Lake, especially if the visitor is handicapped in any way or has limited mobility. Since only 3-4% of the 21,000 acres managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers around Raystown Lake is developed, we feel our project will allow more people to visit the lake and enjoy lake amenities such as fishing with ADA accessibility. We have enlisted the support of Juniata College in helping with the environmental oversight of our project when it moves forward. Juniata College has a stellar environmental studies program and has operated a field station on Raystown Lake for more than 25 years. (Click for details)
With the guidance of the USACE, we hope to expand hiking and biking trails, open an environmental learning center, and offer programs on the local plants, animals, and aquatic life.
HELP SUPPORT THE LOCAL TOURISM INDUSTRY
Tourism is the second largest industry in Huntingdon County. According to the Huntingdon County Visitor’s Bureau, there is a shortage of hotel rooms, convention space and camping sites in our area. This has limited larger groups, such as large fishing tournaments, destination weddings and mid-sized conventions, from coming to Raystown Lake. Terrace Mountain Lodge would have convention facilities and higher-end rooms, along with many services found in larger resorts such as a spa and fine dining. This will expose more people to the beauty and amenities of the area, We anticipate that many visitors will want to return again and again, bringing more dollars to the area over time.