In a unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees of the Washtenaw Community College, the board has decided to reject the offer to purchase the Washtenaw Country Club.
While several of the board members wanted to purchase the property saying that it was a good deal, they said the perception was it was a bailout of the country club.
Vice-president Pamela Horiszny, who in the past was a vocal supporter for the purchase said, “In these tough economic times, this purchase does not fit with the mission of the college.”
The board had been offered the 122 acre property for assuming the $1.9 million existing debt and a pledge to continue to operate the club for a minimum of 5 years.
Trustees said part of the agreement required the College to preserve the green space and it would have been a better offer had the College had the option to build on the property in the future.
Trustees thanked the board of the Country Club for the generous offer.