New Hanover County to consider buying part of Echo Farms

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County is considering buying 18 acres of land at Echo Farms Golf and Country Club.According to county documents, County Manager Chris Coudriet wants the Board of Commissioners to allow him to negotiate an agreement with Echo Farms property owner Matrix Development.- Advertisement – In a proposed partnership with the City of Wilmington, the county wants to develop a public recreational complex for tennis and swimming.Part of the 18 acres includes the existing clay tennis courts, tennis clubhouse and the swimming facility.As part of the arrangement, the county wants the city to share the purchase cost and first phase development costs.Related Article: Ground broken for $30M hotel in downtown WilmingtonThis is the latest turn of events surrounding Echo Farms.In August of 2016, Echo Farms residents discovered Matrix wanted to close the golf course and create a new subdivision consisting of hundreds of new townhomes and homes.Many residents joined together and fought back, hoping to keep the golf course open.A few months later, County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield brought up the idea of the county buying the property for green space and to allow the golf course to remain open.Some residents even filed a lawsuit to stop Matrix from bulldozing the golf course.In September, a judge signed off on a settlement between the parties. It included more buffer between the homes, larger lots for larger homes and an agreement to develop less of the land so more greenspace is available. Also, the plaintiffs can not object to the plans the developers file with the city.The Echo Farms Golf Course officially closed October 15.County commissioners will discuss the proposed purchase at their meeting on Monday.last_img read more