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The Spring Hill BOMA in May 2017 took official action to accept ownership of the historic Rippavilla Planation property. The property was legally conveyed in June. This decision, which was researched and considered for many months by a Rippavilla Due Diligence Panel, appointed by the mayor, will allow the City to preserve this important historic site that played such a notable role in the U.S. Civil War in this area. The property was put into a conservation easement so it cannot be developed, protecting it for generations to come.
By acquiring Rippavilla, the City immediately added 98.4 acres of park space and a museum, greatly expanding the recreation, education and entertainment components that we can offer our residents and visitors. This also is an opportunity to expand on the already exciting events and programming offered at Rippavilla, and City leaders believe we can quickly resolve any funding challenges with the nonprofit’s operations by expanding on the event offerings. The City also is in a suitable position to take on this type of property, with the hotel/motel occupancy tax recently going into effect, allowing for a dedicated funding source to put toward tourism-related endeavors.