CLEAR LAKE | Two Clear Lake businessmen have proposed a recreational vehicle park and storage facility on an 86-acre swath of former sand and gravel pits on the city's east side.
The site is south of Highway 122 and just east of Interstate 35 on what was once Clear Lake Sand and Gravel.
Property owner Aaron Andrews, of Clear Lake Materials, and business partner Erick Molstad, of Charlson Excavating, both in Clear Lake, say the concept calls for 150 camping spots to be built over the next three years.
The main entrance to the campground would be on Willow Creek Court near Lake Chevrolet and Harrison's Truck Center. It also could be accessed from North 40th Street.
Molstad, of Manly, said the goal is to offer long-term RV camping with sites leased on a seasonal basis, which is April through October.
The campground would not be for overnight or short-term stays.
The seasonal leases are meant to appeal to people from local communities who want to vacation in the Clear Lake area, Molstad said.
"Kind of their weekend getaway," he said.
Some site work was done late last year, but Molstad said the final design, community rules and other details are being finalized.
Before it can be built, the land has to be rezoned from light industrial to intensive commercial.
City staff forwarded the request to the Clear Lake City Council. A public hearing on the request was set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16.
Should they get the green light, Molstad said the plan is to build the sites in three phases of 30-50 sites per phase.
He expected a small number of sites to be usable by early summer.
When complete, the campground will offer a shelter house, playgrounds, bathrooms, laundry and shower facility.
The property has about 30 acres of water, including multiple ponds and Willow Creek.
An on-site storage facility to house patrons' golf carts, boats and other items will be built on the southern part of the property. Because it is south of a rail line that runs through the property, its primary access will be from Main Avenue.