waverly golf course

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The city of Lansing could soon get a nearly $6 million check from a developer who wants to buy one of the capital city’s old municipal golf courses.

The Waverly golf course has been closed since 2007.  A few years ago, the city put the 120 acres up for sale. Now a Livonia developer is offering $5.8 million for the property on the city’s west side.

Mayor Virg Bernero credits an improving economy for the interest in the golf course and other parkland the city wants to put on the market.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources / Michigan.gov

A former city-owned golf course will soon be for sale in Lansing.

Lansing closed the Waverly golf course in 2007.    Since then the grass has grown high on the fairways and putting greens.

Last year, Lansing voters gave their OK to sell the 120 acres.   Last night, the city council gave its approval to put the land on the market.

Randy Hannan is with the mayor’s office.  He says they’re optimistic the land will draw interest from developers since the real estate market is starting to rebound.

Lansing voters will decide Tuesday if they want to put for a ‘For Sale’ sign on a large chunk of city park land.

The Waverly golf course in Lansing could be a developer’s dream.    

City council president Brian Jeffries calls the 120 acre parcel of parkland ‘prime development property.’     

Still, the city council has been waffling on whether to ask voters for permission to sell the property. 

But now…it appears likely the council will put the issue on the August ballot when it meets on Monday.   

The sale could mean much needed revenue for the city, which is facing a multi-million dollar budget deficit next year.