River Dance RV park floats Gypsum annexation idea
May 27, 2017
GYPSUM — River Dance RV Park, the 40-pad development located west of Gypsum, may soon be an official part of the community.
The park may also become a lot bigger.
Earlier this month, planner Ron Lifton, of Land Design Partners of Glenwood Springs, and members of the Gypsum Town Council and town staff participated in a work session to discuss annexation of the site. The town was generally amenable to the idea, and Lifton is proceeding with the annexation and expansion plan on behalf of the park owner — Global Asset Recovery LLC of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Indiana company purchased the site in 2013.
According to Lifton, the company is interested in annexation primarily to bring the park into the Gypsum community. The site has its own water service and wastewater treatment systems, so it would not be served by the town. According to Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll, the town of Gypsum has already annexed the U.S. Highway 6 corridor next to the River Dance property.
"We have had discussions about annexing that property for 10 years," Shroll said.
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Lifton said his clients believe they need to expand the park to make it more viable. When he discussed the annexation proposal with Gypsum officials, Lifton shared plans that showed a 270-pad RV park at the site.
"It won't end up being that many units, I am sure," Lifton said. He is currently working with consultants to study market trends and determine the optimum size for River Dance.
"We are designing to build a top-quality RV park," Lifton said.
He noted that is a key distinction for the project. Lifton said Gypsum officials have already expressed concerns that Eagle County's housing crunch could encroach on the property and result in full-time residents living at the park.
"We are not trying to do a residential housing development," Lifton said.
With an informal nod from the town to proceed with annexation plans, Lifton anticipates coming back with an official annexation request this summer.
"Now that we know there is a positive attitude about it … we are ready to start filling in the details," Lifton said.