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Open Range RV expansion gets site plan approval


The LaGrange County Plan Commission approved two separate site plans for Open Range RV in Shipshewana at their Tuesday evening meeting.

The first site plan is for the company’s main manufacturing facility location at 3195 N SR 5, on the north side of Shipshewana. The company wants to add a building that would connect two separate buildings to enclose the manufacturing process. Jason Martin of Open Range told the commission that the new building will help them streamline their lamination process and keep the product inside during manufacturing.

The second site plan was for the company’s service center located at 955 Tuscany Dr., just to the east of the primary site.

OpenRangesubmitted a site plan that shows a second building at the location. Martin said the building will be used for storage of parts and shipping. There will also be some customer service offices located in the new building.

The plan commission briefly discussed the development of Tuscany Drive, which is paved only to the entrance of Open Range RV. The site plans show the road extending north to connect with Country Lane near the Shipshewana Family Medicine building. The commission questioned why the road had never been fully developed and who should take responsibility in the future to see that it is developed.             

Open Range RV has also applied for a tax abatement with the Town of Shipshewana. The Shipshewana Town Council will hold a special session at noon on Friday to look at a declaratory resolution for the abatement request.

The request calls for a $580,800 addition and an additional $475,000 in equipment. The addition is expected to create up to 15 additional jobs, with an expected increase in wages of $450,000 to $675,000. The abatement request is for 10 years.

In other business:

The plan commission approved site plans for J&R Woodworking, near 300W on CR 100N, for a commercial addition.

William Miller had an application for a construction business at 3850W 400N approved.

Perry Yoder of 6035W 800S received approval for a commercial welding facility expansion.         

The commission also heard that the department is receiving complaints concerning a campground that is going in near Mongo. The commission was told that it appears the fencing is not meeting the requirements called for in the initial approval.