Popular Brentwood campground being sold for 55 and older developmentBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
November 16. 2017 8:29PM
BRENTWOOD — A popular local vacation destination for more than 50 years, 3 Ponds Campground is being sold to a developer planning a 55 and over housing project.
The campground at 146 North Road will remain open for one more season before developer Joseph Falzone of Harbor Street Limited Partnership takes ownership of the 120-plus acres next September.
“I’m 86, and it’s time for me to retire,” said campground owner Claire Hibbard, who owns the property with her six children and has been operating it with family since purchasing it in 1984.
Hibbard said guests were told over the summer that the campground was going to be sold and that 2018 would be its last year.
The campground plans to be open from May 1 to Sept. 15.
The campground was established in 1964 and had a few owners before the Hibbard family took over.
Hibbard, who lives on the property with her daughter, said running the 141-site campground has been a lot of work, but it’s also been fun.
“I’ve enjoyed every moment,” she said.
Hibbard said she’ll miss the many campers she’s met over the years — many of whom return year after year to relax at the campground named for the three ponds on the property.
While many vacationers are from New England, Hibbard said she had one seasonal guest from as far away as Australia while the closest camper lived just three miles down the road.
“It’s a stunningly beautiful campground,” Hibbard said.
Falzone said planning is underway for the 55 and over development, which calls for 85 to 90 single-family two-bedroom homes.
He said the sizes of the homes would range from 1,100 to 1,400 square feet.
The project recently went before the Zoning Board for variance requests and the Planning Board for a design review.
Falzone said the site plan is expected to be formally presented to the board for review and approval in January or February.
Falzone said approximately 50 percent of the property will be left as open space.
Kathy St. Hilaire, the Planning Board’s administrative assistant, has lived next to the campground for the past 43 years.
She said the campground has been a good neighbor.
“Honestly, I want whatever is best for the Hibbards. I don’t have a problem with this development. If a change has to be made this is a good change,” she said.