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City will explore Country Club land purchase

City will explore Country Club land purchase

City to Explore Country Club Land Purchase

On the heels of the unexpected news that the Germantown Country Club property will be sold, Mayor Mike Palazzolo has directed City Administrator Patrick Lawton to work with the Germantown Parks and Recreation Commission to explore the possibility of the City purchasing the property to be used as a park. The Commission will conduct research and work with other City departments to determine the viability of the project. Cost will also be a factor in the decision.

“This is a beautiful piece of property and with the limited amount of vacant land in our City, it just makes sense to assess the possibility of the City purchasing the land,” said Palazzolo.

Lawton discussed the project individually with members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and met with Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Kevin Young and Parks Director Pam Beasley this week to outline the proposed assignment.

“Of course they will need to access the expertise of our City departments, including engineering, to make an informed decision about the possible purchase, but who better to make a recommendation like this than our residents,” Lawton said.

The commission will also take into consideration how the land might fit into the context of the recently developed parks master plan.

“We understand that there will be great interest in the property from developers and possibly from those who wish to continue operating it as a country club,” said Palazzolo. “It’s just too great of an opportunity to let it pass without some serious consideration by the City about how we could use it to benefit our residents and preserve the residential character of the area surrounding the property.”

The property trustee has indicated a desire to have a contract on the property by the end of April or May. Details from the Parks and Recreation Commission’s research and resulting recommendation will be made public as soon as they are finalized. The commission’s recommendation will be considered by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, which will make a final decision on the purchase.

All commission meetings are open to the public. For a complete list of meetings, visit Germantown-TN.gov/Calendar. Public comments related to the project are being collected at Germantown-TN.gov/Comment.

2 Responses to “City will explore Country Club land purchase”

  1. Randy Thornburg says:

    golf course is a green area and shiuld be preserved!
    why doesnt the city buy tge property and sale shares to keep it open?
    if interested I believe I could generate a investment group to aid the city as a sikent partners or even hire a pro abd manage it . please do not let yhem destroy this area! I am a member of another club but hate to see golf courses destroyed and would be willing to invest. 20 x $ 100,000 investment would generate $2,000,000 or 200 x $12,500 would generate 2,000,000. if interested or feasible contact me

  2. Randy Thornburg says:

    The city should purchase the property and protect the community . The city can buy and operate like m mphis is doing with their public golf courses or sell it to to onvestors who will continue to operate as a public goof course of as a private Golf Course.

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