Pete Liegl, president of Forest River Inc., is purchasing 195 acres of farmland in rural Goshen, Ind., which lies just north of 200 acres that he already owns.
According to a report in the Elkhart Truth, he also is negotiating for purchase of the connecting parcel, which would give Liegl nearly a square mile of land abutting S.R. 15.
Currently, Liegl is expanding Forest River’s recreational vehicle and manufactured housing operations with nine new facilities that will add 700,000 square feet to the company’s existing 4.5 million square feet under roof.
Liegl termed his purchases “an investment,” but he conceded the property could serve as the site for housing or a new industrial park he would develop.
“If it’s good for the community, I’d take a look at it, but it might stay farmland for 50 years, I don’t know,” he said. “I have no perception of what it ought to be at this point. I would look at anything.”
Mike Stump, who represents Liegl in his real estate ventures, already has spoken with Goshen city officials about providing city water and sewer to the site.
Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman told the Truth, “We won’t front the money” for Liegl’s industrial park, but he said the city is willing to work with Liegl to get state assistance, if necessary.
He also said he would like to see Liegl put in “a nice, quality industrial park” with the same protective covenants that the Greater Goshen Association put in its industrial park on the city’s south side.
Kauffman welcomed the prospect of an industrial park on the city’s north side where there are limited employment opportunities.