The Town Council here approved the town’s request to purchase a 6-acre tract of land off Hebron Church Road for $275,000.
The land, owned by Eyah Atiyeh and Joseph Nadah of Apex, will be used as a park entrance for a future park at the current Meadowbrook Country Club, which the town bought for $2.9 million from St. Augustine’s University earlier this summer.
The purchase price is well over the $161,000 value listed for tax purposes, according to Wake County real estate records. The property currently has one mobile home located on the site.
The current entrance into Meadowbrook is too narrow for a park entrance. The land at 8101 Hebron Church Road would likely become a primary access road for the park.
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The town is expected to convert Meadowbrook’s 121-acre tract of land into soccer and baseball fields. Meadowbrook is currently the Triangle’s first African-American owned country club. Some think it was the first in the country.
But it had struggled in recent years, especially after integration, when African-Americans were slowly allowed to join country clubs with white owners.
In 2007, the families of the country club’s original owners sold it to St. Augustine’s, a historically black university, to keep the doors open and keep it in African-American owned hands.
But St. Augustine’s has struggled recently too, and the sale of the land to Garner helped provide an infusion of cash to the private school, which has seen a significant drop in enrollment.
The town has not set a date for when it may build the park at the site yet. The contract allows the Town of Garner to lease it back to St. Augustine’s for one year at a time and continue to operate it as a golf course.