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Plans Unveiled for Westwood Site

Amherst, NY (WBEN) The owners of Westwood Country Club are unveiling a redevelopment plan to create a new traditional neighborhood in the heart of Amherst that will feature public spaces, a variety of residences and a neighborhood center in Amherst.

This is smart development using traditional neighborhood design, which includes residential, recreation, neighborhood shops, hospitality and professional office space elements,” said Andrew J. Shaevel, managing partner for Mensch Capital Partners.  “Our design includes key components of the Town of Amherst Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan, which envisioned this very scenario, ‘when continued operation (of a golf course) becomes difficult due to changing demographic, economic or social trends.’”

Shaevel says the Town’s plan defines the desired characteristics of future mixed-use development in the Town, and was utilized as the Westwood conceptual plan was developed.  Those characteristics include:

·         Pedestrian-friendly, interconnected, mixed-use development patterns
·         Variety of residential options
·         Strategically located shops and restaurants
·         Preservation of open space
·         Encourage walking and biking within new development

“The Town’s plan is the Westwood plan.  Our development goals are in sync with the goals of the Town’s comprehensive plan:  quality new development, open space, sensitivity to environmental resources and promoting a healthy tax and employment base.  Westwood will provide all Amherst residents access to a new traditional neighborhood that today is a private country club, exclusively available to only 350 members,” Shaevel said.

The conceptual master plan for Westwood includes:    

Park, Lakes and Ponds – 64 acres of public green and open space, pedestrian and bike trails and lake access, representing approximately 38 percent of the site

Patio Homes – 108 patio homes adjacent to Audubon Par 3 Golf Course

Townhouses – 90 condo/townhouses with access to public green space and recreation features

Single Family Homes – 46 single family lots with direct access to the park, lake and public green space and recreation features

Apartments – 56 rental apartments and townhouses

Senior Living – 200 assisted living and 100 independent units with access to open green space, recreation features, in close proximity to the mixed-use urban core

Banquet Facility – new event green space and banquet facilities utilizing the existing club house

Neighborhood Center – 280 units of residential living over neighborhood shops and restaurants; 37 lakeside apartments or townhouses; 130 room hotel; 200,000 square feet of professional office space (six buildings); shared parking and new public gathering spaces


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Topics : Hospitality_Recreation
Locations : Amherst
People : Andrew J. Shaevel
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