Construction will begin this month on the Elkhart East Corporate Park, a multi-use site that will be anchored by the new RV/MH Hall of Fame and museum, according to a report in the Elkhart Truth.
Last week, the Heritage Foundation Inc. announced that construction of the new hall in Indiana’s Elkhart County would begin in June and the first phase of the development is slated for completion in the spring of 2006.
Initial work for the corporate park focuses on a parkway running east-west throughout the development that will feature a four-lane, tree-lined boulevard and offer entry into the hall’s 40-acre site along the Indiana Toll Road.
The first phase of the corporate park is a detailed planned-unit development, which includes six commercial outlets for hotels and restaurants, although developers don’t as yet have any signed commitments.
“In the past we’ve had a lot of interest from hotels, but until they see dirt moving on the road and the structure go up, they are hesitant to invest in a cornfield,” said Rob Letherman, vice president of development and a partner in Elkhart East LLC. He said hotel and restaurant chains tend to work in tandem, so once a hotel commits to the corporate park, restaurants are expected to follow.
The Heritage Foundation has indicated an interest in having industry trade shows on its site, a feature that will attract hotel and restaurant investment, Letherman said.
With 40,000 vehicles on the Indiana Toll Road passing the site daily and the interchange at C.R. 17, developers see the site becoming a popular destination.
In subsequent phases of the corporate park, the developers envision a mix of professional offices. The entire park may take 20 to 25 years to develop, Letherman said.