Monday, August 13, 2007

Gary Stephenson, The Architect

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Not once since this November 21, 2006, release of the development team’s name has the Gary Stephenson designed golf course been mentioned or any plans revealed as portrayed. Did it ever exist? I know it does not matter now but perhaps the design that was completed according to Mr. Foti would be nice to see if it ever did exist. On November 21, 2006, Mr. Foti told me as well as Joe Dashiell of Ch. 7 that no golf course – no project. As you can see there is no golf course in the plan above. “Something is fishy here.”

Developers who are making plans for the Countryside property in Roanoke say a golf course will remain the centerpiece of the project. They have hired a leading golf course architect to design the links.
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Roanoke owns the property. City Council has granted an extension until March so the development team can have more time to complete its plans. Elements of the mixed use development would include an 18-hole executive golf course with par four and par three holes. The course length would be under four thousand yards.
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The development group has hired Gary Stephenson, a golf course architect associated with PGA star Phil Mickelson. Victor Foti says the group will not move forward unless the golf course is part of the project.”
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In addition note the plans include the Countryside Apartments that the owners refused to sell.

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