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Debate continues on how to handle Warren Valley Golf Course in Dearborn Heights – Press and Guide

After several months of negotiations, a contract for the operation of the Warren Valley Golf Course, which is owned by the City of Dearborn Heights, failed by a 5-1 vote.

Councilwoman Nancy Bryer voted yes, Council Chair Dave Abdallah, and Councilmen Mo Baydoun, Bob Constan, Ray Muscat, and Tom Wencel all voted no.

The contract, which called for a deal for both the Issa Brothers, LLC and Revive Golf Management, LLC to operate both the golf course and the banquet facility, has been under negotiation since March.

My time at Warren Valley Golf Course in the 1950s

As it sat at the end of the meeting, the contract was no longer being considered, but several councilmembers said they would be willing to still consider the Issa Brothers contract with a few small changes. A representative from the Issa Brothers said at the meeting that he wasn’t interested in renegotiating the contract again.

The golf course has been closed all season, due to the conditions that it was left in after flooding last year.

The contract was set to run for ten years, with up to two five-year extensions. The tenant had the sole right to renew the contract or not for each extension.

Under the proposed terms, the rent would be $5,000 a month for all 20 years. The city would also get 10% of gross revenues on the golf course, and 10% of net alcohol sales. The city would not get profits from the banquet facility otherwise.

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