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Luxury RV Resort Proposed on Tennessee River Sparks Controversy

Red Moon Development, an Arizona-based company, has proposed a luxury RV resort on a 110-acre parcel of land near the Tennessee River in New Hope, Tennessee. The resort would offer 250 spaces for luxury RVs, with an estimated cost of $30 million.

The property owners, siblings Amy Turner Burns, Betty Turner, and Paul Turner, are looking to sell the land, but the proposed development has sparked controversy among some New Hope residents. The developer presented early details at a meeting held on Monday, which drew a standing-room-only crowd at the New Hope Fire Hall.

Aaron Hillman, an architect for Red Moon Development, told the crowd that nothing was set in stone and that the company would not propose investing such a significant amount of money if the resort was expected to fail or hurt the community. Hillman explained that the resort would target luxury RV owners who invest up to $1 million or more in their high-end RVs and that the layout would most likely be 250 spaces on the front portion of the property nearest the river.

While some New Hope residents were curious and undecided, many were stalwart opponents of the proposed resort. Rumors of the development had already sparked a petition in opposition, tallying almost 200 signatures from New Hope residents.

Amy Burns addressed the crowd, stating that she and her siblings found themselves in a position where they had to sell the land their father, Paul Turner, bought in 1970, as no single sibling could afford to buy out the other’s interest in the property. Burns stressed that their father only wanted the best for New Hope, South Pittsburg, and Marion County and that she and her siblings did not want to harm New Hope.

Mayor Mark Myers explained that no decisions were on the table, as the developer had not yet purchased the property or submitted anything for the town panel to address. The proposal would require approval by the town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen before making any decisions.

The proposed luxury RV resort comes amid rising demand for RVs during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen a surge in outdoor activities and travel. While the development could bring in tourism and revenue for the town, some residents are concerned about its impact on the community and the environment.

As the proposal moves forward, it will be up to the town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks of the development before making any decisions.

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Kevin Ward
Kevin Ward
March 16, 2024 6:44 pm

Considering the worries of New Hope locals, it’s key to think about how a luxury RV resort might affect nature and wildlife. Let’s chat at town hall meetings for a compromise!

March 22, 2024 5:48 pm

Whoa, talk about stirring up drama in New Hope! The Turner siblings sure didn’t expect this soap opera with their fancy RV resort plans. 🤦‍♂️ It’s like they accidentally pressed the drama button instead of the smooth sale one. Poor siblings – they might need a script for this unexpected turn of events!

April 1, 2024 8:15 am

Have you thought about how the proposed luxury RV resort in New Hope could impact the community? It’s not just about the fancy amenities. there are concerns for the environment and wildlife too. What’s your take on this?


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