A 39-acre recreation vehicle resort is part of current plans on the drawing board for a relatively huge 455-acre American Countryside commercial development south of Elkhart, Ind., according to Thursday’s (July 28) The Truth of Elkhart.
Few details were available for the planned development, to be largely situated on the south side of the U.S. 20 bypass/Ind. 19 intersection, as the project’s developers have labeled the development a “work in progress.”
However, they’ve asked the Elkhart County Planning Commission to give final approval for a farmer’s market that is part of the development planned to open next year. As many as 16 hotels or lodges and a dozen or more retail stores, restaurants and entertainment facilities are to be included in the development, which has been in the planning states for as long as 15 years.
Countryside President Ron Schmanske said it’s too soon to speculate about when the farmer’s market will be in business, although vendors already are able to submit booth applications and information on publicly distributed brochures lists a June 2006 opening. Nor would Schmanske speculate on a timetable for work to commence on other facilities that are to be part of the American Countryside complex.
“We have to go about this in the way that’s most efficient, ’’Schmanske said. “We may have to piecemeal the first part of it.”
American Countryside is being designed by The Troyer Group, an architectural firm in Mishawaka, Ind., the same company that has drawn up plans for the RV/MH Hall of Fame that’s slated for a Tuesday (Aug. 2) groundbreaking adjacent to the Indiana Toll on the northeast side of Elkhart.