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A Redmond, Ore., RV park recently sold for $2.5 million and the five-acre property appears to be targeted for commercial development, according to a report in the Bend Bulletin.
Dave Shelofsky of Desert Scape LLC confirmed that he and his partner, Craig Glazier, bought the Highway 97 RV Park and are “holding onto it for future development.”
Desert Scape owns and is developing the Wal-Mart Supercenter site next door to the park and two additional sites nearby.
“We’re still working on it,” Shelofsky said. “We have no definitive plans for it right now. As of now, the RV park is still operational and we don’t know if we’ll close it. Rents are not going up.”
The RV park has 85 spaces that it rents by the day, week and month. A space for the month costs more than $300. It has full hook-ups including water, sewer, cable television, laundry and kitchen facilities.
In a recent count, the park had 63 RVs renting by the month, two weeklies and two dailies, according to Chris Mueller, park manager and resident.
Mueller and others worry about the park’s sale. Many residents have lived in the park for years and will have nowhere to go if it closes, she said.
“A lot of these people can’t afford homes,” Mueller said. “I have young families and retired people here who can’t afford a home in Redmond.”
Mueller said the Highway 97 RV Park is normally full, but has had vacancies recently in light of skyrocketing gas prices.
“I’ve got people calling about reservations for next year already, but I have to turn them down because I don’t know what’s going to happen to this park,” she said.
There’s a shortage of RV spaces in and around Redmond, according to Heather Cassaro, marketing director for the Redmond Chamber of Commerce.
“Redmond is becoming an RVers’ destination,” Cassaro said. “There are a lot of attractions in exploring Central Oregon, so now there is a growing need for more RV hookups.”
Currently, there are no RV parks within the Redmond city limits, but four locations have RV hookups in the surrounding area, said Cassaro.