Warren Valley purchase delayed

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Approval for the sale of the Warren Valley Golf Course has been delayed because the city is asking for updated financial information.

During the Aug. 24 Wayne County Commission meeting, County Commissioner Diane Webb (D-Livonia) asked the commission to table the agenda item giving the city more time.

The city has until Sept. 30 to make a decision on purchasing the golf course but needs financial information from 2016 which the county has not provided.

Under the agreement, the city will pay $1.8 million for 34 of the 36 holes on the 250-acre golf course. There is a 10-year leasing option for the other two holes at the cost of $1.

During the Aug. 22 City Council meeting the final item of due diligence for the financial review process — awarding Plante Moran Cresa $33,000 for consultant services — was passed unanimously.

Other parts of due diligence include the legal title, a survey, financial review and environmental review for the golf course.

At an April 17 meeting, Mayor Daniel Paletko told residents that if the city purchases Warren Valley it would remain as is and no development not relating to a golf course would take place.

In March, the city stepped in to purchase the golf course and banquet hall after Delta Management Co. was interested in building a 100- to 200-house gated community.

Paletko then asked to meet with Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and his representatives in order to being negotiations of purchasing the golf course from the county.

During a March 14 council meeting, a resolution opposing the sale and development of the golf course passed unanimously.

Opposition to the golf corse development began on Feb. 27 during a town hall meeting held by Paletko and Webb which drew over 300 people.

The Warren Valley Golf Course, 26116 W. Warren, was designed by Scottish golf architect Donald Ross in 1922 and features two 18-hole courses. It also includes a clubhouse with a pro shop, the Ross Room Bar & Grille and a full banquet center for hosting events.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)