RVvvving up: Company expanding in Sunset

Sep 12 2011 - 11:30pm

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(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Sierra RV, 1200 N. Main St., is expanding from 7 to 14 acres in Sunset. Davis County officials expect future growth at Falcon Hill.
(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Sierra RV owner Jared Jensen declines to share what the expansion project cost, but he says the recreational vehicle sales business, with units ranging in price from $12,000 to about $500,000, averages gross annual sales of $25 million to $30 million.
(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Sierra RV, 1200 N. Main St., is expanding from 7 to 14 acres in Sunset. Davis County officials expect future growth at Falcon Hill.
(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Sierra RV owner Jared Jensen declines to share what the expansion project cost, but he says the recreational vehicle sales business, with units ranging in price from $12,000 to about $500,000, averages gross annual sales of $25 million to $30 million.

SUNSET -- The expansion of Sierra RV is the first building block of commercial development expected to come Sunset's way in the next several years. Sierra RV, at 1200 N. Main St. since 1997, is completing an expansion that takes the business from 7 to 14 acres.

"It's huge when you get out there," Sierra RV owner Jared Jensen said of the new paved space. "We're committed to the community."

Jensen declined to share what the expansion project cost, but he said the recreational vehicle sales business, with units ranging in price from $12,000 to about $500,000, averages gross annual sales of $25 million to $30 million.

Sierra RV employs 45 to 55 workers, Jensen said.

"We're very excited to have them here," said Mayor Chad Bangerter.

The business is a major contributor to the city's sales tax base.

"We always enjoy having that type of development," Bangerter said of the project that has also added to the city's property value.

As part of the construction, the company removed a house that was more than 50 years old and a pawn shop that had been in business since the 1970s, Bangerter said.

But Davis County officials say the expansion of Sierra RV may be just the beginning of economic development coming Sunset's direction.

"I believe Sunset is poised for a lot of growth with (the development of) Falcon Hill," said Marlin Eldred, community and economic development specialist.

"This is the first block being put in place to build. And as Falcon Hill grows out, so will Sunset."

Falcon Hill is a 550-acre, $1.5 billion public/private venture involving the state, Hill Air Force Base and the Woodbury Corporation. The retail/office space project is to be on the west side of Hill Air Force Base, taking in property in Clearfield, Sunset, Riverdale, Roy and South Weber.

The first building associated with the Falcon Hill project is under construction near the base's West Gate in Clearfield.

The city and county are also looking for ways to best use and expand the business section of Sunset where the former Winegars grocery store operated on 1300 North, Eldred said.

The county tries to help where it can, he said, but most of the time, it is the cities that are integral in bringing in commercial development because it's the city that controls the land issues and zoning.

Bangerter said: "We're trying to be proactive in what is happening in the community."

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