Council finalizes $2.8M purchase of Ravenwood Country Club

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 1:40pm

Ravenwood Country Club, an 18-hole golf, tennis and swimming club situated behind the Stones River Greenway, is set to become green space under an acquisition agreement approved by the Metro Council Tuesday.

Council members approved the $2.8 million purchase of the 181-acre private Hermitage country club Tuesday night. Club owner David Watkins, the second party in the deal, will continue to manage the club through 2013.

Dollars used to purchase the land came from Mayor Karl Dean’s open space fund, which began with a balance of $5 million. Earlier this year, Metro purchased East Nashville’s 135-acre Cornelia Park Airpark for $1.2 million to expand nearby Shelby Bottoms.

The two purchases are part of Dean’s open space plan, which seeks to preserve land that could otherwise be developed.

Jim Fyke, a special assistant at the Metro Finance Department, has said Metro would not continue operating the club’s golf course, but could perhaps make use of its swimming and tennis facilities. The club, revamped with trails, will become a part of the city’s greenway system.

After Metro takes full control over the club after Dec. 31, 2013, the new park space would be open to the public.

Part of the council’s vote Tuesday also approved an agreement with Eddie Phillips, who owns an adjacent subdivision called The Reserve at Stone Hall. In previous years, Phillips had contributed $266,000 to upgrade Ravenwood Country Club’s tennis and swimming facilities.

Because of Phillips’ obligation to build new amenities for The Reserve homeowners, Metro has agreed to transfer 5 acres of land to Phillips. He plans to build a new pool and tennis courts for the Reserves development, according to the council’s legal analysis.

14 Comments on this post:

By: RTungsten on 12/21/11 at 2:34

I hope they put a dog park in the golf course space.

By: bfra on 12/21/11 at 3:24

Did anyone with good sense think this puppet council would vote any other way?

By: T-BONE on 12/21/11 at 5:16

"Metro has agreed to transfer 5 acres of land to Phillips. He plans to build a new pool and tennis courts for the Reserves development, according to the council’s legal analysis." DOES THIS MEAN "GIVE" or "SELL" it to Phillips?

By: Mapmaker on 12/21/11 at 7:33

David Watkins buys Ravenwood in 2008 for $642,000 and three years later it is worth $2.8 million. It is time to check Karl Dean's campaign finance disclosure and see how much Mr. Watkins, a Mt. Juliet resident and developer, may have contributed to the campaign. Let's search for board members of Ravenwood Country Club too.

Most properties in Hermitage are not nearly worth what they were in 2008. All of a sudden Ravenwood is worth $2.8 million. Somebody is on the take here.

I thought former Councilman Harold White promised the new residents of Eddie Phillips development "The Reserve at Stone Hall", that they would be living in a community with their very own golf course when he rezoned the land for development. Guess he didn't have a clue was he was saying when he made all of those empty promises.

Eddie Phillips needs to pay for his five acres. He sold those new homeowners a bill of goods and has yet to make good on his promises to upgrade the pool facility. He lied to the members of Ravenwood, just like he lied to the new homeowners of his development. Let him pay the price and let him pay top dollar. Why do the taxpayers have to bail out this fraud while we are overpaying Watkins?

By: tenn.Big Dog on 12/22/11 at 7:14

CAN YOU SAY YANKEE CARPETBAGER? KARL DEAN HAS MADE ANOTHER MOVE TO SCREW NASHVILLIANS. THAT TWOPOINT EIGHT MILLION SHURE COULD HAVE COME IN HANDY TO CLEAN UP THE FAIRGROUNDS.

WE WILL BE LUCKY IF NASHVILLE ISN'T BANKRUPT BEFORE THIS BOZO LEAVES OFFICE.

WITH PROPERTY RATES ON EVERYTHING ELSE DOWN ALL OVER THE USA AND NASHVILLE, HOW THE WORLD DOES THIS PARCEL RISE SO HIGH DURING THIS RECESSION? THERE IS REALESTATE ALL OVER THAT WAS AT PEAK IN 2008 WHEN MR. WATKINS BOUGHT RAVENWOOD, AND TODAY, THOSE PROPERTIES ARE WORTH HALF OF THEIR OLD PRICE. INTERESTING ISN'T IT?.

I WISH THE FBI WOULD COME IN AND INVESTIGATE MR. DEAN. HE APPEARS TO BE SO CROOKED, MAYBE THEY COULD PROVE HIM INNOCENT. F O L L O W T H E M O N E Y ..

By: Left-of-Local on 12/22/11 at 9:30

And cue to tardy comments from the cynical anti-environment, green space hating Neocon hillbillies. Dean can't wipe his backside without commentary from the ill-informed and sticks in the mud.

By: Magnum on 12/22/11 at 3:14

I like that they call it the "open space fund"...more like the "open checkbook fund". Really I'm just piling on b/c it is the easy thing to do. On the subject of Hermitage, I wish they's sink some money into the infrastructure in Hermitage. The whole are is one big whopping bottleneck. I've never seen such a mess of traffic management both from the interstate access point to the city streets.

By: bfra on 12/22/11 at 3:20

Left-of-Local - Guess you know how his backside smells, since your nose is right there.

By: Left-of-Local on 12/23/11 at 9:21

Oh yeah, all the time. And when I sniff, I smell the sweet aroma of green spaces and nice design in the urban landscape. You know - things Neocons just don't understand.

By: slzy on 12/23/11 at 10:18

"aroma of green space" is the new "it is for the children".

aroma of green backs is far more accurate.

By: Magnum on 12/23/11 at 10:28

If they don't maintain it any better than they do the rest of Hermitage, it'll be a bust. I don't know how work gets delegated across metro controlled areas, but everytime I drive through Hermitage, I notice that the grass in the medians and shoulders of the roads is three feet high.

By: bfra on 12/23/11 at 2:25

slzy - You got that right! They wore the "it's for the children" out and when everybody got tired of that, they switched to the green song & dance. Enough taxpayers, swallowed that load of crap to re-elect the old boy and he is sailing thru that taxpayers money like a dose of xlax (sp).

By: govskeptic on 12/23/11 at 5:33

Left of local-

You don't have to be a hillbilly neo-con to know when you have
a Mayor spending way beyond the means of the taxpayers.
Metro's bond purchases are very close to maximum, and this
Rookie is attempting to keep up with Mayor Bloomberg and
the President on who can outspend their revenues farthest
into the future!

By: san r on 12/23/11 at 6:49

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