Officials in Franklin, Ky., annexed into the city limits a 265-acre site designated as the future home of Garvin’s, a planned recreation vehicle and leisure activity park being developed by Camping World Inc. founder David Garvin.
According to the Franklin Favorite, the Franklin City Commission unanimously approved annexation of the site, located along Interstate 65 near the Kentucky, Tennessee border.
The annexed area will be developed into Phase I of the $53 million project, which, as proposed, would eventually spread over 965 acres on both sides of I-65 and include free camping, a 250-bay service center staffed by manufacturers’ technicians along with the nation’s largest Camping World store and a permanent trade show and exposition center.
Construction is expected to begin this summer on the project and the facility is tentatively slated to open in the summer of 2007.
Although the project is to be privately financed, Garvin earlier said the state of Kentucky is expected to designate the area a Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) district to allow infrastructure improvements such as sewers and roads to be paid for with sales taxes generated at the site that otherwise would go into the Kentucky treasury.
Garvin claims the entire project could eventually create 800 jobs in the area.