ELKHART — Possessions for a landmark golf course and restaurant in Elkhart were auctioned off Friday, a devastating moment for longtime members who shared precious memories of the facility.

Christiana Creek Country Club shut down the golf course and restaurant after sustaining damage from a sewer leak the club alleges was caused by an Indiana Department of Transportation construction crew that was installing a traffic light system next to the restaurant.

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sidearm

You are wrong Joe. Insurance would not take care of it as the city and the contractor were arguing over who was responsible and it would have been the guilty parties insurance that pay for it. You are slandering the owner with your accusations.

Joe King

Insurance pays for the damage, then sues to recoup if there is negligence. This is ABC, 123 insurance 101... If you have the right insurance. “He’s been trying to work with his insurance company to make things right, but the coverage is inappropriate"... Those are his attorney's words.. Sounds like management made a poor insurance choice... and trying to sue to make up for it....

DingFod

"His dream of owning a golf course" He is crying crocodile tears... He bought it for a song, and his only goal was to make big profit by selling the course along with his property on Cassopolis. This lawsuit is just icing on the cake for him....

fire111

Always get a kick out comments with jealousy sprinkled all through it. What difference does it make why the purchaser bought the parcel and for what purpose. It was a legal sale. Hope he makes millions. Would you have condemned George Washington for his wealth? Purchase price 2/2/16 was $800,000. Taxes are up to date...almost $6200 a year! Entrepreneurship is what built this country!

DingFod

No, Not jealousy, Just the FACT that he never did anything to improve the course, always the bare minimum to keep it barely open when it was. Remember, This was his "Dream" ! If I owned an icon of Elkhart and I was a reasonably wealthy individual, I'd put whatever I needed into my "dream" to keep it going. This purchase to him was a commercial property buy that happened to have a golf course on it. As soon as he figured out you might have to put money into it to buy equipment and keep it staffed, he's like "I'm out !". Sorry, but a golf course business isn't anything like the lucrative used car business. He knew that when he bought it,, it didn't JUST start to go down hill. Hence the motive to buy and dump so easily, with little regard for an Icon....I'm 100% for entrepreneur ship and being successful, I don't care in the least what he makes on it...but drop the veil of "I really cared about the course..."

fire111

Nope Joe! You can't divert the subject. It's not possible to annex property that is already in the City! I don't know what the taxes are yearly! But I'm sure they are substantial. The "Elevate" website gives all that info. Property owner's name, taxes paid, tax history, ownership history, any sales history, and much more. The county now charges a yearly fee to access the legal info!

Joe King

the news channel did a story showing "damage" from flooding...no where you could you see water stains or high water marks showing damage... It just looks like his insurance didn't cover it or had enough for him to do a remodel he wants so he is going after whomever he can. Other people have commented on social media this was an excuse to close it down because of poor management...so he can sell the land....This just smells fishy to me....insurance should have been able to pay for any damage done, that's why you have it...Hope it remains a course or the city works a deal to make bigger and better green space....and annex it from the county...I believe it is still technically county land...

fire111

There ya go again Joe. Thinking! It always gets you in trouble. Let's see. The Legal address is 116 East Bristol Elkhart Indiana. According to Elevate...a website that lists every parcel of land in the county of Elkhart, the property is owned by Team 1 Property Management LLC. It is an Indiana company addressed at 1919 Greenleaf Blvd Elkhart Indiana. The 116 designation means the property is inside city corporate limits. 3 digit and 4 digit addresses are inside corporate limits. 5 digit numbers are used in areas outside city and town limits! The city has no say in the use of 116 W Bristol unless it is zoning. The city can't make it "green space" or blue space or purple space! The City can't annex land that is already in the City! Why would they even want to take valuable taxed land of the books? The City of Elkhart already is the largest land owner in the City. And it hasn't been county land for quite some time.

Joe King

Oh fire....I’ll make it easy for you since I know, well it’s you... pull up any land map of the city of elkhart...any...it shows a “boundary island” at the golf course. It’s a picture fire..even you can look at a picture and see... a large park, like that in the city would be great to add to the quality of life for residents or even a public golf course too run by the city and lease of the restaurant.. it would be a shame to turn it in to retail or apts or senior community...but then again, a senior center might be good for fire....but I digress...

sidearm

More rumors from Joe. You can’t remodel a condemned building. It must be torn down. It wasn’t just a flood Joe, it was raw sewage that flowed into the lower level and made it’s way up through the walls. The bacteria level was so high the city condemned the building.

Joe King

It was condemned because no immediate remediation was done. There are companies that do this everyday..that’s what insurance is for...

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