Vote Nears on Key Step in Reuse of Westwood Course, Amherst Sports Facilities

May 17, 2918

The clubhouse at the former Westwood Country Club, a building that could see new life as a Town of Amherst arts center under proposed redevelopment plans that need state approval of a procedural step. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)
The clubhouse at the former Westwood Country Club, a building that could see new life as a Town of Amherst arts center under proposed redevelopment plans that need state approval of a procedural step.

Amherst is ready to seek state permission for a future exchange of town parkland that would make way for development in the area near the town’s Northtown Center athletic facilities and preserve most of the former Westwood Country Club as green space.

The Town Board on Monday will hold a public hearing and a vote on whether to begin that process, known as alienation, Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa said.

Instead of seeking approval for a specific exchange of one piece of town-owned land for another owned by the developer, Mensch Capital Partners, the town is asking the state to preemptively alienate nearly its entire Audubon recreational complex, about 240 acres.

That gives the town flexibility as it hashes out development details with Mensch, Kulpa said.
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One Response to “Vote Nears on Key Step in Reuse of Westwood Course, Amherst Sports Facilities”

  1. John Snyder says:

    COSTS? How much will this plan cost taxpayers?

    1. Loss of tax revenue from developemnt.

    2. Increase in tax revenue from neighboring revalues.

    3. Initial costs of developing this wonder park.

    4. Yearly maintenance

    Taxpayers – we should all know the effect on our pockets so we know who to applaud for their wisdom in agreeing to this unneeded amenity.