Signing out? Still no ‘glampground’ in Pleasant Valley

Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

File photo by Linda Gallagher

Two years after launching an aggressive marketing campaign across the Midwest, the planned high-end Bella Solviva campground – or “glampground" – in Echo Township remains an empty field.

EAST JORDAN – More than a year after a widespread promotional campaign there is still no evidence of construction beginning on a proposed “glampground" in the area of Echo Township known as Pleasant Valley.

A sign announcing that the camping resort – to be called "Bella Solviva," meaning "beautiful hope" in Swedish, according to developers Brad and Sandy Carlson of Alden – would be "coming soon," was placed on a 229-acre piece of undeveloped land on Skinkle Road just south of Old State Road in May 2016, shortly after a press release on the proposed development caught the attention of media throughout the Midwest. 

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