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Equestrian Focus for Carolina RV Park

July 19, 2007 by   - () Leave a Comment

A drive down the streets of Landrum, S.C., and nearby Polk County in North Carolina was evidence enough to convince Gus Meyers, Todd Parris and Chuck Piazza, owners of I-26 TGC LLC, that a high-end RV park with an equestrian focus would be a success in the area, according to the Tryon (N.C.) Daily Bulletin.
The park, which will be called Carolina R.V. Resort, will sit on 80 acres of land in Campobello, S.C., and cater to self-contained motorcoaches worth between $200,000 and $2 million. There will be no towable RVs allowed. The type of coaches allowed will be at the owner’s discretion.
Myers could see the number of motorcoaches sitting in driveways throughout Landrum, Campobello and Polk County. Add in the fact that this is horse country, Meyers said, and the investment made perfect sense.
“It’s going to be nice,” Meyers said. “We’re keeping the setting.”
That setting will be somewhat equestrian-oriented for those who flock to events like the Block House Steeplechase, held each April in nearby Tryon, N.C., Meyers said. The park will offer open pasture to those with horses.
“I don’t know of any motel that offers pasture,” he said.
The group plans to preserve 30 acres as wooded area, which will include nature walking trails. They will be expanding the pond on the property as well.
During the first phase of the plans, $250,000 to $300,000 will be spent on landscaping alone. To ensure that the current 80 acres remain intact, the group put a down payment on an additional 10 acres alongside the property. The 10 acres will be used for construction equipment and office space.
Also in the first phase of construction will be tennis courts, a swimming pool and a hot tub. The park will be almost like a country club, Meyers said, with a clubhouse with additional pools and tennis courts in the plans for the second and third phases of construction.
The park is set to have 230 spots to sell, starting at $50,000. The park will be like a subdivision, since the spots will be owned by individual buyers, who also will be able to rent the spots for approved coaches, Meyers said.
The park is going to be nothing but good for the area, Meyers said. Spartanburg is a well-kept secret, especially Landrum, he said.
“ Spartanburg’s one of the best places around,” he said. “They’re going to flock here and spend their money and their time.”
The park will be located just off of Highway 11 at Interstate 26. The location was perfect, Meyers said. It’s a centralized location with a number of cities within short driving distance, he said, and it’s near the I-85 and I-26 crossroads.
Some neighbors oppose the park on the grounds that it will create safety issues on nearby roads.
The park has been in the works since 2005, said Meyers, whose company recently gave an informal presentation to the Spartanburg County Planning and Development Commission. On Aug. 7, his company is preparing to present its formal plans. The fate of the project will be decided by the commission.

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