DEARBORN HEIGHTS—The Dearborn Heights City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday, June 13, to have the city buy the Warren Valley Golf Course for $1.8 million.
The decision follows a four month long standoff between residents and county officials who wanted to sell the land to developers to build a subdivision of luxury homes on the property.
By buying the Warren Valley Golf Course, the city agrees to pay for the property within a 120-day due diligence period, which is to start once the contract is signed this week.
Many city residents objected to the development phase, having put extensive pressure since the development proposal became public to oppose real estate development.
The 120-day due diligence period will include testing and background research to determine the feasibility of the property. This will also involve an American Land Title Association/ American Congress of Surveying and Mapping (ALTA/ACSM) survey to determine if the property abides by state standards.
Dearborn Heights is to subcontract the work to Wade Trim, a Detroit-based infrastructure firm.
“If we decide we are not satisfied we get our deposit back,” said Dearborn Heights City Councilman Dave Abdallah, who is also a real estate agent. “[The deposit] will go back to the county for them to make the final decision.” Abdullah said Wayne County had given the city a June 18 deadline to agree to buy the property.