Tuesday, October 26, 2010

City Planning Commission to tour Countryside property

Ken Saunders mows the 11th fairway at Countryside Golf Course

The schedule is set according to Chris Chittum Roanoke City Planning Administrator. The Planning Commission will create and recommend a master plan for the 100+ acres once a public golf course.

Thursday at 4:00 p.m. planning commission members will start a tour of the property beginning at the 11th fairway. This is the fairway carefully maintained by greenskeeper Ken Saunders who’s home joins the 11th green. They will make the “rounds” of the entire property. Neighbors are invited to tag along.

They will reconvene in Engineering Department conference room afterward if time permits.

Other meetings will take place during their work sessions through January 2011 with an open house scheduled for January 27. Discussion of final report is planned for February 24. Presentation to city council is expected in the Spring.

Roanoke city purchased the golf course for $4.1 million in 2005. The loan on the property at 6.25% for 15 years has added over $1 million of interest to the price. City council voted to shut it down in closed session in February. It closed for good March 1. The contract with the management company fell through when council pulled the plug on $1.2 million of repairs. The loan is still outstanding with principal still due of $2.9 million. The city is in salvage mode now – a result of a long string of poor decisions is costing taxpayers plenty. However the real victims are the residents of this Northwest neighborhood.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (2)


October 26th, 2010 at 10:08 PM    

Do I recall hearing somewhere among possible ideas presented by the city was to create something similar to Warm Hearth in B’burg?


October 26th, 2010 at 11:23 PM    

I don’t remember that but then again so much has been said.

Kit Hale said don’t make it like the unsuccessfuly Colonia Green or the failed development in Daleville. Think it was named Dalevillle Town Center.

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