Former Champions site vandalized; is under contract

       After extensive recent vandalism at the former Champions Golf & Games at 777 Vondelpark Drive, its Englewood-based ownership group reportedly plans to watch the site more closely.
       In a communication to the Holland Park Community Association, representatives of the ownership (Celebrity Golf LLC of Englewood) said “they are working with the CSPD to curb these happenings and will have the recent graffiti painted over,” according to Cynthia McGrath of the association. “We'll keep our eye out and hope that they fix up the property.”
       Photos taken by McGrath indicate random grafitti, theft of copper wiring and widespread destruction to the former miniature golf courses and batting cages. Upon discovering these problems, the association had contacted the ownership and City Police.
       Started in 1996, the 26.8-acre Champions site offered indoor games, miniature golf, batting cages and a driving range. The business closed about two years ago.
       Meanwhile, Celebrity Golf has been trying to sell the property and “we have a contract on it right now,” Kyle Underwood of the Legend Retail Group in Denver said in a phone interview
       Asked for elaboration, Underwood said it is too early to reveal the name of the prospective buyer or potential future plans.
       The property is zoned for commercial uses. Assessor's Office records put the market value of the property (actually consisting of two parcels - the games area and the driving range) at about $2.7 million.
       The Legend Retail Group website states that it was “created to meet the full range of brokerage and leasing needs of retail tenants, property owners and developers.” A Legend Retail Group sign outside Champions states that the land is for sale and is a “possible redevelopment opportunity.”

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