|Plan would turn Detroit golf course into cemetery|
|Written by Associated Press|
|Friday, 26 April 2013 05:12|
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit church is selling a golf course it owns to a business that plans to turn the site into a cemetery, the city's first new one in decades.
The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1810wlg ) Detroit Memorial Park plans to buy the 120-acre, 18-hole Rogell Golf Course from Greater Grace Temple. Bishop Charles Ellis III says the course has never been profitable for the church, which spent up to $100,000 annually to keep it open.
The church years ago bought the nearly century-old golf course from Detroit for $2 million. It's scheduled to shut May 31.
The cemetery plan must be approved by state regulators.
Area resident James Beeler says he's concerned property values will drop if the plan is approved, since the golf course gives them a boost.
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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