August 20, 2009 10:06:00 AM
Re: Sportsplex land. I don''t see a rich verses poor plot, however, I think the Country Club is looking for a "bail out." If golf was booming, there is no way they would offer that property for sale. Some people''s comments made it sound as though the Country Club was doing something magnanimous by offering the property. If they want to make a gift of the land then I will be very impressed.
As far as the property itself, it is a nice looking piece of property. The location is on a narrow bottle-necked highway, headed out of town. It basically has one way in. Instead of one way in, at least the Burns Bottom location has several points of access from 45 (Fifth Street) and easy access from Highways 82 and 182.
melody commented at 8/20/2009 4:43:00 PM:
Great point , if it is a donation then my hat's off to them. And the multiple access's do trump a single access and bailing out the club.
Rachel commented at 8/20/2009 8:38:00 PM:
It seems the country club jumped in a bit late. Was there a submission deadline? Or is it still open for property submissions? Simply asking, I am not properly informed of the guidelines.
A reader commented at 8/21/2009 9:43:00 AM:
I can assure you the Country Club is not offering the land as a gift. The CC is in terrible shape financially and is seeking a purchase for the land.
Regarding the guidelines of property submissions for the Sportsplex, the board seems to be fumbling around in this decision without any set guidelines. They were all ramped up about Burns Bottom until the public ridiculed them through this paper. They second-guessed themselves and now seem to be without direction. Any major development such as a sportsplex needs to be part of a greater plan for the city. Columbus' habit of opportunistic development has created a town that is a mashup of prosperity and poverty, creating a town that makes many uneasy and doesn't lend itself to future development. This is one of the reasons Starkville is growing while we are shrinking. Let's get a plan in place and THEN execute it rather than frantically building any major development here or there.
R.Cunning commented at 8/24/2009 10:09:00 PM:
I say just scrap the whole ideal of a sportsplex and put some of the money into soccer and some money in the peewee football league.Some kids just don't like soccer.I think equal time and money should be spent towards the peewee football league.Stop doing for some kids and shortchanging others.(just come out and watch the league this year.)