Detroit rejects golf course-cemetery conversion

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DETROIT (AP) — Detroit officials have rejected a proposal to turn a church-owned golf course into a cemetery, which would have been the city's first in decades.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1ellq2N ) Wednesday that building officials rejected the plan by Detroit Memorial Park Association to buy the 120-acre, 18-hole Rogell Golf Course from Greater Grace Temple. The church bought the course in 2007 from the city but closed it last year, saying the operation had never been profitable.

Building officials denied the request because they said converting recreational property wouldn't be in the city's best interests. They also cited concerns about diminishing property values and traffic in the area.

A cemetery official said he will appeal the decision.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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