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Stay the Course or Sell It? Royal Oak Residents Aren’t Sure

A plan to sell 10 acres of the city-owned Normandy Oaks Golf Club got mixed reviews in an informal survey of residents, but the question is expected to be on the Nov. 4 election ballot.

Royal Oak voters are expected to decide the fate of the city-owned Normandy Oaks Golf Course, scheduled to close at the end of this season, in the Nov. 4 election. (Photo: City of Royal Oak)
Royal Oak voters are expected to decide the fate of the city-owned Normandy Oaks Golf Course, scheduled to close at the end of this season, in the Nov. 4 election. (Photo: City of Royal Oak)

A non-scientific survey of Royal Oak residents show they’re split on the idea of selling up to 10 acres the city-owned Normandy Oaks Golf Club for development, but the Royal Oak City Commission is planning to put the question before voters in November.

If the question is approved, a prohibition on selling the land put in place several years ago would be repealed, The Daily Tribune reports.

The city has not-yet-firm plans for a housing development and a park with two full-sized soccer fields and other recreational amenities, including a sledding hill, jogging and bicycle trails, a nature area, park shelters and a splash pad. Selling 10 acres of the land for developers would help the city pay for the parks and recreation improvements.

Mayor Jim Ellison emphasized at a recent public hearing on the matter that all plans for redevelopment of the property are flexible.

“We’re simply trying to figure out a way to get some recreational amenities without burdening the taxpayers,” he said. “There’s been a lot of criticism based on this being a final plan and it’s not – it’s a conceptual plan.”

The 50-acre golf course, which has received limited use, is scheduled to close at the end of the current season.

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Judy Davids, Royal Oak community engagement specialist, told The Daily Tribune the majority of the 597 residents who completed a non-scientific survey backed most of the park features recommended by the task force, but were lukewarm about proposals for soccer fields.

But whether selling the property is the only way to make the improvements is unclear in the survey results, Davids said.

» Read the task force committee’s report.


Nunov Yerbidnis July 17, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Definitely don't need a water park! That sounds expensive. Also don't need any more soccer fields.
l.c. July 17, 2014 at 04:21 PM
"Mayor Jim Ellison emphasized at a recent public hearing on the matter that all plans for redevelopment of the property are flexible".give the people some options rather than just talk about it.why the selling of 10 acres without more options? a rush to judgement maybe?
RON Ostrodamus July 17, 2014 at 11:43 PM
He plays the indifferent masses like a violin. Johnson is right in that local residents would not want a tax hike in any form but for me a bond proposal would definitely work. I do not like the lay out as presented as the major "water" attractions need to be close to the parking gateway. None of these shmoes look to see what other cities have accomplished. They run anything up the flag pole and ask you shmoes to salute it, and guess what?..............................................99% of the time you do!

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