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Recently, Washtenaw Community College has been considering the acquisition of the Washtenaw Country Club, at Packard and Golfside. The club’s 122 acres, a little over a mile from WCC’s existing campus, would likely continue to be operated as a golf course for the near future, but WCC is more interested in the land for expansion of their academic programs:
To [WCC Trustee Richard] Landau, the offer to take over Washtenaw Country Club is a once-in-a-lifetime growth opportunity for the college to obtain a huge parcel of land at what he calls a “fire sale” price.
The college would be assuming the golf course’s $1.9m debts and future operating costs in exchange for a parcel of land assessed at over $6 million.
While some see the move as a win for WCC even if it does not locate new campus facilities there, for the investment value of future real estate development alone, others have questioned whether the college should be making such an investment now: doubting both the wisdom of taking on the near term operating costs of the golf course and the idea of such a bold expansionist move in the current economy. A study of the existing campus has shown that facility space can be increased by 45% within the existing land.
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