City Council OKs Waverly Golf Course Sale

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

"We've recognized that things are different," said Mayor Bernero. "We're downsizing, we've downsized our employees and in the same way, we have to downsize the amount of property that we own."

A unanimous vote with endless possibilities.

On Monday, the Lansing City Council voted to market for sale a massive piece of city-owned land containing the former Waverly Golf Course and Michigan Avenue Park. An important step in what Mayor Virg Bernero says is necessary for the city.

"We've recognized that things are different," said Mayor Bernero. "We're downsizing, we've downsized our employees and in the same way, we have to downsize the amount of property that we own."

In turn, selling the property could bring some much-needed money into Lansing.

"Now is the time to really put up the 'for sale' sign and invite the private sector and say, 'hey, what would you like to see here?," said the Mayor. "'What would you pay to put here?'"

Mayor Bernero says there currently aren't any bids on the property, but he has received some calls from people who are interested. Since the land technically sits in Lansing Township, Councilman Brian Jeffries says the township must be included in any development decisions for the property.

"It may require some additional change in zoning that would require the township to step forward," said Jeffries.

Jeffries agrees there are plenty of possibilities for the land. He also knows what doesn't want to see put there.

"My preference is not to see another strip mall there," said Jeffries. "We have enough strip malls along Saginaw."

The Mayor says he's looking for anything that will help the region.

"What I want to see is development and jobs," said Mayor Bernero.

The land, in question, has yet to be appraised, so there is currently no number value on it.

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  • by Jeff Potter Location: Location on Mar 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM
    Anyone know how much parkland is considered a good amount for a city to have to be considered attractive and livable? I'm pretty sure cities need parks. Do other recovering cities sell parks as part of successful bouncebacks? This is all critical info to have. I understand that cities also need space for housing and business -- is Lansing short on that now?
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Feb 17, 2013 at 01:01 PM
    Paul is righjt on the money. The only problem with doing that, is the property would still not be paying taxes, and that is a pretty prime bit of property. (I would want a underground water test taken to make sure that plating company on Rosemary st., hasn't ruined the soil and water) Thank You. Ricardo
  • by Tisha Location: Escanaba on Feb 12, 2013 at 02:26 PM
    NOOOOO!!!! They have the best hill to sled down. Now when I get the chance to visit my grandma in Lansing where will I take my kids to have fun?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2013 at 08:54 AM
    Just what we don't need. Free of property taxes, no city income tax from the jobs created there. No sales tax. Another piece of land with no income for the city or township. All the income goes to the tribe.
  • by Paul Location: Lansing on Feb 12, 2013 at 08:13 AM
    This would be a grat place for a Casino, Sure why not. Sell this property to the tribe instead of the cramped towntown area. This way they would have plenty of room for exspantion hotels, entertainment venues and so on.
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