On April 9, residents in Centennial, Colo., voted against a measure that would have allowed the property to be handed over to a Special Recreation District, which could have resulted in the club’s demolition and redevelopment. The club has lost money since the 1990s.
More than 50 years after it was first built, residents have raised concerns that Southglenn Country Club in Centennial, Colo., would be soon demolished and redeveloped, 4 CBS Denver reported.
The concerns started after the club announced declining revenue for several years. The club rests on 22 acres and serves more than 1,300 households, CBS reported.
“It was all the rage when the community was developed,” said Dale Rottschafer, a resident. “(A) deciding factor in us buying the house we bought, was that there was a little community country club up the hill from our house.”
“It has a nine hole golf course. It has a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a clubhouse,” said resident Pat Benhmida. “It is a nice open area in the middle of our neighborhood.”
The property has continuously struggled to gain momentum, losing money since the 1990s. The community voted to change the bylaws to allow non-residents to become members, CBS reported.
With the property in financial decline, those who live nearby are concerned outside money will get involved and make it a development for high-density housing. “I could see 400 townhouses going in there, getting rid of any buffer around our elementary school,” Rottschafer said.
The community organized a vote on April 9. A “yes” would allow the property to be handed over to a Special Recreation District, which currently does not exist. A “no” would leave the property under it’s current ownership and operation, CBS reported.
The measure did not pass after hundreds of people came out to vote. Organizers say they are happy the vote raised awareness and hopefully this means a continued effort to save the club, CBS reported.
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