Plans to build a large RV park with rental cabins on a tract of land in West Glacier, Mont., are moving forward even as park officials and residents raise concerns about potential impacts to the quaint village community fringing Glacier National Park, which already bustles with tourists and traffic during the summer months, the Flathead Beacon reported.
Glacier Park Inc. (GPI) is seeking to build a campground with 25 rentals cabins and 102 recreational vehicle spaces on a 178-acre forested tract of land on River Bend Drive, just west of the main village, girded by an oxbow bend in the Middle Fork Flathead River, southwest of Glacier View Golf Course.
Plans include building a new water and sewer system, with a 150,000-gallon water reservoir. GPI owns the land immediately surrounding the site as well, and no other private landowners abut the property.
The proposal comes less than three years after GPI acquired the property when it purchased the West Glacier land holdings from the Lundgren family in July 2014. The deal included the West Glacier Mercantile and other holdings in West Glacier as well as cabins in Apgar in Glacier National Park.
Bill Lundgren and his cousins were the principal owners of the 32-room West Glacier Motel and Cabins, the West Glacier Restaurant and Bar (known locally as Freda’s), the West Glacier Mercantile, the West Glacier Gift Shop, and other guest services, including a gas station.
The sale also included 3.8 acres of inholdings within Glacier National Park in Apgar — the Apgar Village Lodge, the Cedar Tree Gift Shop and staff housing units in Apgar and West Glacier.
The properties are situated on approximately 200 acres at the west entrance of Glacier National Park, and the sale of the land to GPI was perhaps the most alarming element of the deal for local residents who worry about development.
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