What Will Happen To Neverland?

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Saturday, June 27, 2009
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We mourned the King of Pop and watched YouTube videos of all our favorite songs….and then we wondered what was going to happen to Neverland, the Santa Barbara playground/estate that became an image of scandal. With the singer’s untimely death, speculation about a memorial park along the lines of Graceland has started.

The real-estate developer that will decide the fate of the property is L.A.-based Colony Capital. Facing financial woes, in November of 2008, the singer transferred the $24.5 million debt on the property (for an unspecified, but presumably majority stake) to Colony Capital, creating a company called Sycamore Valley Ranch–now jointly owned by Colony Capital and Jackson’s estate. Colony Capital’s owner, Thomas Barrack Jr., blogged: “We were pleased to help support his return to public life through our acquisition of Neverland Ranch…Of course, Neverland itself is now a mythical sanctuary to Michael and we are doing our best to accommodate the throngs of global press and fans arriving there to express their grief.”  A company spokesperson declined to comment about future plans, but said that wreaths have been ordered to drape the gates.       –Lydia Lee

3 Responses to “What Will Happen To Neverland?”

  1. Ares Vista says:

    Neverland should be preserved for the less fortunate children in the world. Michael would have wanted that.

  2. Michael’s Neverland Ranch is a true testament to his goals in this world. He wanted to make the world a better place for the future, not for himself.

  3. gabriela says:

    Neverland should be a theme park were part of the money that visitors pay go to help children around the world.

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