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Germania Town and Country Club building sold, but not the golf course

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(07/30/12) - A country club in Saginaw, which has been in limbo for more than a year and a half, will have a new use.

The building on the Germania Town and Country Club property has been sold, but while the building has new life, questions linger about the golf course.

It was last summer we told you the golf course had new life, but the building was still for sale. Today, it's the other way around.

It was back in December of 2010 when the Germania Town and Country Club dissolved.

While the building has been vacant since, the golf course - the only golf course in the city of Saginaw - got new life last summer when Frankenmuth businessman Jim Gatza had an agreement with First State Bank to operate the course. But, that agreement no longer exists.

The grass continues to grow on the golf course, but now the building will have a new tenant. Saginaw County Mental Health Authority has purchased the building and some property, but not the golf course.

Its executive director Sandra Lindsey says the mental health care provider has been looking for additional space because its main location on Saginaw is getting too small for its services. Work has already started on getting the building ready for its new use.

Rose Graham has lived along the Germania Club property for 50 years, and is happy the Mental Health Authority will use the building for human resources and training programs.

"We were glad because we thought maybe a casino or something like that would go in there," Graham said.

But there is still disappointment that the golf course continues to sit, with no buyer, and no one cutting the grass. Graham is hoping someone will purchase property soon, and change the view from her backyard.

"We really enjoyed seeing them golf," she said.

The purchase price for the Germania building is $280,000.

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