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The Effingham, Ill., Plan Commission approved two site plans for a campground and recreational vehicle sales at a local Harley Davidson dealership.

The Effingham Daily News reported that Paul Gutman, owner of Legacy Harley-Davidson, wants to construct a building for camper and recreational vehicle sales on property east of the Harley Barn. The owner also plans to establish a full-service campground. The dealership added campers and recreational vehicles to its business in November 2017.

Gutman wants to construct a 12,351-square-foot sales building, approximately 27 feet tall, for the campers and RVs. Parking will consist of 50 spots, which includes two handicapped parking places.

For camping, Gutman intends to buy a five-acre tract of land to the east of his Harley dealership. The city will require the property be replatted into one lot for the purpose of sharing existing sanitary and water service lines. The campground would go hand-in-hand with his camper sales.

Gutman said he intends to try to capture “the substantial amount of traffic” with vehicles pulling campers through Effingham. He said he understands that Camp Lakewood at Lake Pauline is full almost year-round.

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