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January 31, 2013

Yule Golf Club future remains in limbo

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — The future of the former Yule Golf Club remains murky, Mayor Jack Wood said Thursday.

The 158-acre property at 800 S. Harrison St., won’t be farmed because its new owner, Yorktown farmer Dale Rinker, failed to secure a special exception for that land use from the Alexandria Board of Zoning Appeals.

Dr. Robert McCurdy put the 18-hole landmark course up for sale because it was losing money.

Rinker hasn’t appealed the BZA’s late November decision, and time has run out on his ability to do so, Wood said.

When the prospect of fairways becoming farm fields surfaced, residents of Yule Estates opposed the change, in part because of the impact that would have on property values.

Their concern helped launch a debate over what was the proper zoning classification for golf courses. Currently, golf courses are allowed by special exception under agricultural and residential zoning regulations, but a change to business classification was proposed.

Earlier this week, however, the Alexandria Planning Commission rejected that zoning change which, according to some accounts, upset some people who attended the meeting.

“I’m not sure exactly what people were expecting,” Wood said, noting that even though the plan commission rejected the zoning change, it could still be considered by the City Council.

“Nobody wants to see the golf course go, but the city certainly can’t afford to purchase it,” Wood said. “It’s an ongoing saga.”

Find Stu Hirsch on Facebook and @StuHirsch on Twitter, or call 640-4861.

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