What’s next for Dogwood Hills?

Published 4:30 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017

“What’s next?”

That’s the question Brewton residents are asking following the closure of Dogwood Hill’s Municipal Golf Course.

The city council voted earlier this month to close the course because of declining revenues and growing expenses.

A number of plans have been discussed over the years for the estimated 90-acre commercially zoned parcel. With Ala. Hwy. 31 frontage, it is one of the most visible sections of land available for development in the city.

In 2007, the property was eyed as a possible location for a new Brewton Middle School campus. Then, Brewton Standard archives show the city school board said the system would have likely offer the city “about $2.5 million” for the property, including the golf course, clubhouse and playground areas.

In 2016, new talks began of developing the site for additional recreation opportunities such as ball fields and a splash pad as well as use for a possible hotel.

When asked about plans for the property, Mayor Yank Lovelace said, “As mayor, I and the city council value the property greatly as one of our city’s most treasured assets. Currently, there are a number of options open as potential uses for the property. As we move forward, all those will be considered to determine the property’s best use that benefits the maximum number of citizens at the lowest cost to the city.”

Sound off with ideas for the property’s possible uses at brewtonstandard.com.