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Neighbors want neglected Detroit Rogell Golf Course cleaned up

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DETROIT (WJBK) - For more than 100 years Rogell Golf Course at Seven Mile and Lahser roads was one of Detroit's true gems. Now, it is just an overgrown weedbed.

"The grass is getting to the point now where, I mean, you're getting rodents. You're getting problems. It's like a blight area," says Kenneth Tansil.

In May 2013, Greater Grace Temple closed the golf course. Greater Grace paid $2.1 million for the 120 acres in 2007, but the church agreed to sell in 2013. The new owner planned a cemetery but the property has some swampy areas.

Detroit City Administration tells Fox 2's Ron Savage the church is still responsible for mowing the lawn.

Savage inquired at Greater Grace for a comment but he reports he was told Bishop Charles Ellis is out of town and no one else can comment. After the story aired Ellis offered a statement, which has been added to this story.  (see below)

The neighborhood block club did ask the Bishop what he planned to do with the closed course during a previous meeting. Tansil says he was "evasive."

STATEMENT FROM GREATER GRACE TEMPLE:

As you know the property was to be sold to the Detroit Memorial Park Association but the sale was denied.  The Detroit Memorial Park Association has appealed the Zoning Board’s denial.  That appeal will be heard in September.  The City of Detroit has acknowledged that it cannot cut the grass at over 200 parks, and likewise, the church cannot afford the maintenance of those 120 acres.  We have committed to cut the perimeter grass, but inside the course we cannot afford the $15,000 per cut.

Our hope is that the Zoning Board will approve the appeal so that the new owners can move forward in beautifying and maintaining the property as a memorial park.  Unfortunately, golfing at this property is a thing of the past.


Bishop Charles Ellis, Greater Grace Temple



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