A follow-up to a Fact Finders investigation concerning the old clubhouse at the former Skyline Golf Course. Misdemeanor charges have been dropped against golf course developer Dan Livingston.
He had been cited by a city inspector for failure to demolish old clubhouse at former Skyline golf course. It was considered a hazard that stood for months and neighbors complained about the eyesore.
Chief code inspector Kevin Denker said the clubhouse has been torn down so charges were dropped Tuesday.
Livingston has said the construction of his new course is on schedule with the pool open next summer and golf in the fall.
Original Story Filed By Mike McKnight November 18, 2013
An eyesore is being demolished to make way for a new golf course. But that doesn't mean the developer is out of the legal rough.
Golf course developer Dan Livingston hopes demolition of the old Skyline clubhouse will satisfy some teed off neighbors. Livingston says, " I hope it shows to the community that we are moving forward."
But demolition comes more than a year later than promised for neighbor Tom Spethman who says, "It looks like he may have just gotten another lifeline as far as getting things in order again." When asked, " Do you have the money to even do the golf course?" Livingston replies, "oh sure"
Livingston says he has the financial backing to build the three million dollar course that will replicate famous holes. But the developer couldn't spend all day out there. He had a date in court. City inspectors cited him on three misdemeanors including litter and owning a dangerous structure.
Outside the courtroom city inspectors tell Livingston he'll likely get a fine. Livingston tells them, "It'll cost 100,000 dollars to tear the building down and now I'm going to get fined for tearing it down? A city inspector replies, " No you're getting fined for not having it torn down earlier."
Trial is set for late December but Livingston says demolition shows that misdemeanor charges should be dismissed. City inspectors will argue tear down didn't start until after he had been cited. neighbor Tom Spethman says either way he has a brighter outlook.
"We'll see a different sunset now as opposed to the building."
Livingston says construction of the new clubhouse and golf course will start in late march or April. He plans on the first tee time sometime next September.