An Austin man's plan for the city's oldest golf course is getting little support from neighbors.
Jim Huddleston drew up plans to replace Hancock Golf Course with 60 new homes. Park space would surround the development, and the historic clubhouse would be converted into commercial space.
Huddleston says that, as it is, the green space is only welcome to golfers and it costs the city more money than it earns.
His plan is to build large homes on most of the property.
"I just think there's a better use for everybody. The city gets $10 million, the residents get a much nicer community scape,” Huddleston said. “It will really be the nicest thing in the ZIP code."
But neighbors fear history is repeating itself. The other nine holes of the historic golf course are now the nearby Hancock shopping center.
"The community overwhelmingly told us they want us to keep that a golf course and a park," Jesse Vargas with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department said. Vargas says that while city leaders are against the proposed plan, they aren’t ignoring the idea.
The city's Imagine Austin plan calls for parks within a quarter mile of every home. Vargas says adopting Huddleston’s plan would hinder that effort.
"Our job, as we see it, is to continually add to the proportion of parkland to private citizen as the city continues to grow," Vargas said.
Huddleston believes the Hancock Golf Course won't remain city property forever. He says city leaders should jump on what he believes is a great opportunity to bring more homes to the real estate market and more money into the tax base.