The RV Hall of Fame $10 million expansion project would create a permanent rally site with a 20,000-square-foot pavilion and 300 sites for RVs, according to a proposal from the RV/MH Heritage Foundation board of directors.
This story by Sherry Van Arsdall originally appeared in the Goshen News.
Currently, events are held in the 18,000-square-foot area known as Ingram Hall. The hall is located inside the Northern Indiana Event Center, which sits on a 40-acre site at 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart.
Plans for the expansion include a 60,000-square-foot addition with drop-down, sound-proof walls for the event center, according to Darryl Searer, president of RV/MH Heritage Foundation. Rather than having to share the current space, up to three meetings or activities could be conducted at the same time, each in a 20,000-square-foot area, he explained.
In addition, the new outdoor pavilion would have five doors on each side of the building approximately 14-feet wide and 16-feet tall, which could be used to highlight RVs during a show, Searer said.
The rally site will include 300 recreational vehicle sites for RV owners who attend rallies.
There will be two dump stations for water and sewage, so RV owners will be able to pull out and come to the dump station when their tanks get full, Searer explained.
Plans are also in the works to convert 7,000 square feet of Ingram Hall in the event center to house the manufactured housing museum. An additional 9,000-square-foot area will be converted to breakout rooms. The remaining 2,000 square feet will remain known as Ingram Hall.
The next step is to find a way to pay for the proposed facility – without going into debt, Searer said.
If broken into phases, the first step would be the rally site with the pavilion. Phase two would be the event center addition, Searer said.