Club Rio Rancho offers up 190 acres of golf course to city for free
Club Rio Rancho offers up 190 acres of golf course to city for free


JUST ONE WEEK AFTER A SUSPICIOUS FIRE BURNED UP THE CLUBHOUSE… THE OWNER IS OFFERING MORE THAN HALF OF THE PROPERTY TO THE CITY FOR FREE. BUT RIO RANCHO )S MAYOR SAYS THE DEAL ISN )T AS SWEET AS IT SOUNDS. NEWS 13 )S REBECCA ATKINS EXPLAINS. 4:13 “We )ve just been not too sure about what )s gonna happen with the golf course.” 4:17 YEARS OF MONEY PROBLEMS…. GOLF COURSE NOTHING MORE THAN A FIELD OF WEEDS 1:21-1:23 nats from fire crews AND NOW A FIRE… PEOPLE WHO LIVE NEAR CLUB RIO RANCHO FEEL LIKE THE PROPERTY IS CURSED. 2:14 “it was pretty nice… tennis courts swimming pool, nice club house and so my thought was whoever does develop it, they have a nice club house… but now that )s gone.” 2:23 0:30 “We have experienced financial difficulties…” 0:34 THE FORMER OWNER, JHETT BROWN WAS IN A WORLD OF DEBT. THEN IN 2017, JOSHUA SKARSGARD BOUGHT THE PROPERTY TO BUILD HOMES ON 9 HOLES OF IT. THEN EITHER RESTORE THE OTHER 18 HOLES OR TURN IT INTO OPEN SPACE. TODAY, HE OFFERED THE LAND THAT WAS SCHEDULED TO BE A 18 HOLE GOLF COURSE TO THE CITY AS A “CHARITABLE DONATION”. 4:07 “I think it )s awesome. I can )t believe this is happening cause it )s wonderful.” 4:11 NEIGHBORS WE SPOKE TO, ARE THRILLED. 1:23 “That )s great that he )s willing to do that.” 1:25 THIS COMES JUST ONE WEEK AFTER THE CLUBHOUSE SUDDENLY CAUGHT FIRE IN THE EARLY EVENING. 2:37 “There is no power to the facility so it is suspicious at this time.” 2:41 BUT THERE IS A BIG CATCH IN THE PROPOSAL. THE LAND WHERE THE CLUB HOUSE BURNED, SKARSGARD WANTS TO BE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY. ALSO ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS WOULD BE AT THE CITY )S EXPENSE. THE CITY SAYS WHILE THE HEADLINE LOOKS GREAT, THE DETAILS ARE NOT. RESIDENTS JUST WANT SOMETHING POSITIVE DONE WITH THE LAND. 4:49 “I think it )s awesome, I hope the city takes up the offer, and I think it )s a generous offer.” 5:03 REBECCA ATKINS KRQE NEWS 13. RIO RANCHO MAYOR GREG HULL SENT US A STATEMENT THIS AFTERNOON. HE SAYS THE PROPERTY WOULD NOT BE FREE, AND COST THE CITY MILLIONS. HE ALSO SAYS MR. SKARSGARD HAS SIDESTEPPED HIS RESPONSIBILITY FOR YEARS. WE HAVE PUT THE FULL STATEMENT ON KRQE.COM THE FIRE MARSHALL HAS NOT RULED THE FIRE ARSON BUT CALLS IT HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS. THE U-S FOREST SERVICE

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