Thursday, February 09, 2006

New RV center may put Simpson County on the map and become Kentucky’s largest tourist attraction.

Developer David Garvin hopes to have a “big announcement” to make within the next six weeks for his proposed recreation vehicle park in Simpson County.

“We’ve got several things cooking right now, but nothing has been firmed up,” Garvin said. “We’ve made some headway. We’ve generated some excitement in the RV industry.”

Garvin said outdoor megastore Cabela’s is still interested in locating at the site. However, Cabela’s will wait until the road improvements are made, he said.

Garvin – founder of Bowling Green-based Camping World – first proposed a five-story 650,000-square-foot megacenter at his $53 million Franklin development but said it would take too much of his 300 acres to construct such a tall building. He wants big roads, big parking lots and greenery.

Instead, he is dividing the property up for the RV-related businesses, entertainment centers and restaurants.

Garvin’s development is expected to open in 2007. It could create as many as 800 jobs.

The massive project has the ability to literally put Simpson County on the map and become Kentucky’s largest tourist attraction. Full Story...

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