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Meeting on D'Andrea Golf Course Wednesday Night

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More than two years after it shut down, many have wondered the fate of D'Andrea Golf Course in Sparks.

"It's now dead ground," said Doug Busey, a homeowner in the area. "We don't have nice greenery around our house. All we have is tumbleweeds."

Phoenix-based investment firm, IPC, LLC, bought the Sparks landmark for $1 million last year. They're the same company that lent D'Andrea Golf Holdings $5 million in 2004.  Since the sale in February 2013, though, we haven't heard much about plans since then.

An informational meeting was held at Marvin Moss Elementary School Wednesday night to update neighbors. It's important to note that no decisions were made. However, we did learn that the city of Sparks is talking to a few potential new buyers.

"We're meeting with people, prospective buyers," said Sparks Mayor Geno Martini. "People that are thinking about buying it. We're meeting with homeowners, getting their ideas. They're bringing people that may want to buy it."

It was standing room only as a couple hundred people packed the school to see what the current state of the golf course is.

"I'm glad to see that there were this many people that attended," Busey said. "They asked good questions."

One of those questions came from a resident who asked city officials if they would buy the property. However, Mayor Martini told the crowd the city of Sparks cannot afford to pay for it at this time, but for any investor(s) that actually does buy the property, officials will do what they can to accommodate them.

"Anything that we can legally do, we're going to be there to help them," Martini said.

In order for any changes to happen, whether it's changing the function of the golf course to something else, or turning the club house into an events center, the D'Andrea Development Handbook needs to be amended, which deals with zoning issues. But, city officials told the crowd nothing will happen until public hearings are held, and it has to go through city council and the planning commission.

Meanwhile, some are left with frustration over the years, like one man who said this to city officials during the question and answer portion of the meeting:

"It seems to me like the city is sitting back with their arms folded and saying, 'There's going to be a golf course. It needs to be operated as a golf course,' and you're not doing a damn thing about it."

"It's not like we don't want something good to happen with D'Andrea," Mayor Martini told Channel 2 News. "It doesn't do us any good to have an eyesore in the middle of our city. Like I said, I was born and raised here, fishing on the ponds right down on the golf course. So, it's in my heart. We have something good. We're doing everything we can."

Also, another thing we found is, five of the parcels in that community have a tax lien, which is imposed for delinquent taxes owed on property. A 6th parcel still has back taxes that are owed. If those aren't paid by June, a tax lien will go on that as well, and all six parcels will go up for auction in April 2015 as one large portion.
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