The city of Whitehall received less than a windfall in ridding itself of a massive inflatable dome last week, but it gained something it considers more valuable than money: marketable real estate in a prime location.
Although an online auction to sell the former Four Seasons Golf Center’s 86,000-square-foot, 85-foot-tall inflatable dome on East Broad Street netted just $1,750, Whitehall officials aren’t worried.
“Sure, we had hoped for a little more money, but we are happy it is going away — at the buyer’s expense, I might add — and we wish (the buyer) well,” Whitehall Development Director Zach Woodruff said after a two-week online auction administered by Auction Ohio closed July 18.
The golf dome — which the auction site said could cost up to $750,000 new — had served as central Ohio’s only indoor driving range until Four Seasons, 5000 E. Broad St., shut down Feb. 28.
“Now, we can move on to the important goal of developing this land,” Woodruff said.
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