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Landfill turned into golf course

  Through the cooperative efforts of the Town of DeMotte, Indiana Brownfields Program, and local developer The Hamstra Group the former Groen Brothers landfill will be redeveloped into a golf course expansion and residential community.

Looking for ways to make productive use of the property, the adjacent land owner The Hamstra Group envisioned a plan that would reconstruct three holes of Sandy Pines: creating a new par-five hole (a relocation of No. 2, currently a par-three) located over the former landfill site, converting No. 3 to a par-three (currently a par-five) and reconstructing hole No. 7. By doing the project in phases, the redevelopment will allow for uninterrupted golf.

In addition, the 57 acre parcel will be the home of twenty-eight 1 to 1-1/2 acre wooded residential lots tucked into a mature natural setting with the remaining significant acreage being maintained with natural mature vegetation. Presale of the lots, which include a limited lifetime membership to the golf course, have been very well received.

With the help of the Town of DeMotte applying for and receiving a grant from the Indiana Brownfield Program, The Hamstra Group’s vision will become a reality.

“Governor Daniels is very focused on redeveloping brownfield sites throughout Indiana into productive, income-producing assets for local economies,” said Jennifer Alvey, Public Finance Director of the State of Indiana. “For many communities, the Indiana Brownfields Program’s grants have been a key factor in turning vision into reality.”

The Indiana Brownfields Program, a part of IFA’s Environmental Programs, works in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other Indiana agencies to assist communities in making productive use of their brownfield properties. The program’s mission is to encourage and assist investment in the redevelopment of brownfield properties by helping communities via educational, financial, technical and legal assistance to identify and mitigate environmental barriers that impede local economic growth. See website:

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