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Pharaoh Valley residents frustrated with lack of progress

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The Country Club and Golf Course have now been closed for years, and a plan to transform the site is still hung up in the courts. Now, people who live there just want answers.

"Eventually we have to do something with that property, we can't continue to have it overgrown and not being utilized," said Marcus Muniz, who has lived in Pharaoh Valley for two years now. 

Newer to the neighborhood, he says he feels indifferent about Barisi Village he just wants to see something done with the vacant golf course.

Muniz added, "If we're going to do something let's do it. Quit dragging it through the courts and let the community decide if they're going to do it or not."

Others who have lived in the neighborhood for more than thirty years have stronger feelings.

A resident for more than 40 years, Tony Abarca said: "I wish they'd hurry up and finish it and get it started because I think it'd be a benefit for the city, add tax base and everything like that."

Carl Kuehn - who has lived in the area for more than 30 years says the vacant property has turned into a place for illegal dumping, graffiti and sleeping grounds for the city's homeless and it's been long enough.

"It's an eyesore; it's making my property taxes drop every year because the value just keeps going down, not good," Kuehn said. 

Just this past Friday, a lawsuit went before a district judge filed by a group of people against Barisi Village asking the district judge to block the sale of the property to the Barisi Village developer.

That judge is expected to decide whether to issue a summary judgment or go to trial. 

Meanwhile, more time continues to pass, and residents worry the developer behind Barisi Village, might be their last hope. 

Kuehn added, "After that, I don't know who's going to come in - if he bails, I don't know."

Tomorrow (Tuesday) the Pharaoh Valley Neighborhood Association is having their annual meeting at Haas Middle School. We're told an update will be given about last Friday's hearing.

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