Amherst golf course could be replaced by neighborhood

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – Developers have their eyes on a prime spot in Amherst for a major multi-million dollar project where people can live and work.

If Mensch Capital Partners has its way, Westwood Country Club will be transformed into new homes for around 1,600 people with some businesses added to the mix. It would give jobs to more than 2,000 construction workers.

“We’re very excited. We think this is a wonderful example of what new development should look like,” said Andy Shaevel, Managing Partner with Mensch Capital Partners.

In a decade, the Westwood Country Club could feature: 108 patio homes, 90 townhouses, 46 single family homes, 56 rental apartments, and a senior living home.

Westwood - Preliminary Conceptual Master Plan

“This may be the last large scale residential development within the Town of Amherst, so here’s an opportunity to do it right from the very beginning,” said Mark Manna, who serves on the Amherst Town Council.

In addition, there would be a neighborhood center, which would feature 280 residential units situated on top of shops and restaurants, dozens more town homes, a 130-room hotel, and 200,000-square feet of professional office space.

Shaevel said this new neighborhood will a lot of green space with bike trails and a lake open to the public.

Rendering

“It will be deep enough to support fishing and paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking, things of that nature and it also serves a storm water reservoir.”

Next in the process, Mensch will hold neighborhood input meetings, seek to rezone the land, and get approval from the town board.

“We have to do what’s best for the entire town, for the future but certainly listen to those residents who are directly affected by this development,” said Manna.

If rezoning and the proposal are approved by the board, construction could begin at the start of 2016. It will take seven- to 10-years for construction to be complete.

Single-family homes are expected to cost between $250,000 and $300,000.

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