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Delta State University recently made a request for proposal for commercial land development.
The land up for bid is what was once the Derrall Foreman Golf Course, closed after budget cuts in 2016 and 2017.
At a recent faculty forum, DSU President Bill LaForge mentioned putting housing or a conference center in the area for faculty and educational programs.
However, Jamie Rutledge, VP for Finance and Administration, said, "We are asking developers to submit plans to develop the land and once the proposals have been received, the university will evaluate them.
"It is too early in the process to discuss any plans for the property. I have talked to our facilities department and have walked the property and it has been maintained and the grass was just cut and it looks nice."
When the golf course was closed, the city was promised the area would be well maintained while not in use, however the grass recently reached a waist high height, easily seen from the back end of the Grammy Museum Mississippi.
The closing of the golf course cost a great deal of turmoil as many community members disagreed with the choice.
Faced with nearly $2 million in state budget cuts, Delta State University closed the university golf course as a way to offset cuts and protect the university's core operations.
LaForge previously said this is a difficult but necessary decision in order to protect university programs and personnel.
The closure translated into nearly $250,000 in savings for the university, which was needed to offset $1.1 million in state budget cuts from this fiscal year alone.
In March 2017, Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 919 which allows the university to lease the property golf course for a conference center; hotel; residential houses or apartments, of which students and faculty would get first choice; parking; executive par-three golf course; or a walking/fitness trail.
The bill went into effect July 1, 2017.

 

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