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The buildings of the old Waverly Golf Course at 3619 West Saginaw Highway are rotting in place, as shingles cling to the chimney. Holes in the fence and strewn trash point to a refuge for squatters while groves of silver maple grow up and consume the ruins.
The Nine-hole golf course opened in 1942 and closed in 2007. After years of rumors, the city of Lansing sold the property a year ago amid much fanfare to Naples, Fla., developer Northern Capital Investments for $2.2 million, but no shovels have broken ground. The south end of the property is farmed for hay, but much of the old golf course sits tranquil and empty, a de facto nature reserve in a land of strip malls.
The old golf course property is located in Lansing Township but not adjacent to the city, despite the city’s past ownership. Lansing Township Supervisor Dion’trae Hayes confirmed the site has had no activity since the sale.
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