A proposed RV rally park in Nacogdoches, Texas, home of highline motorhome builder Foretravel Inc., received a preliminary go-ahead from city officials, according to the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel.
“We had two groups here that were interested in the project,” reported Mayor Bob Dunn to the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corp. on Tuesday (Sept. 19). “The first group came here and went back, and we got a letter saying they were going to do it.”
At one time, the city of Nacogdoches had grandiose plans to build a 200-pad, aesthetically pleasing RV park in the oldest town in Texas. But when it became clear that no grant money could be found for the project, those plans came to a standstill.
Five years after initial planning, city administration authorized the RV park advisory committee to begin exploring the possibility of a public/private partnership that could get the rally park back on track. But as they found out, many private businesses were not interested in pursuing a project that required investing private money in public land.
City administrators then instructed the committee to find investment groups, and the city would negotiate the details.
The details, according to Dunn, include the fact that the city will most likely give the group the 50 acres to develop the rally park.
The 50-acre land gift will only cover about 10% of the total development costs, but according to Dunn, it was enough to do the trick.
“They said that as far as they were concerned, it was a done deal,” he said. “Of course, I don’t consider it a done deal until I see the RV pads going in.”
Dunn said the group plans to develop a “rally park,” which usually has hundreds of RV hookups and some sort of community center that can attract massive conventions, meetings and rallies.
A rally park is the kind of facility that Foretravel officials previously said they wanted to see constructed in Nacogdoches — and that’s why they bused local officials to Rayne, La., several years ago to showcase the economic impact an RV rally park could have in a rural setting.
“I really hope this is the real thing and this is a go,” Dunn said.
But if something happens and the plans don’t come to fruition, Dunn said the second group that looked at the site has also expressed interest.
“And we’re only looking at first-class developers, who know what they are doing and know what kind of facility we want,” he said.