Westwood Country Club

Brian Kulpa

An agenda focused on proactive planning and forecasting has big changes in store for the town of Amherst.

Mensch Capital Partners

The developer of the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst says Monday night's adoption of a Final Environmental Impact Statement by the town is disappointing, but ultimately will have little impact on its re-zoning application.

Mensch Capital Partners

The Amherst Town Board took its first vote on long-running fight over development of the former Westwood Country Club Monday night, although over a relatively minor environmental issue.

Mensch Capital Partners

Despite a last-minute legal effort by Mensch Capital Partners to halt the proceedings, a public meeting was held Monday night, giving speakers a chance to offer their thoughts on a proposed development at the former Westwood Country Club. "The Amherst chamber was packed with people," Town of Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein told WBFO. "About 25 to 30 people spoke, most spoke in opposition."

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

A complicated plan involving land purchases and sales, development of current park land and potentially a new state park took its first baby step Monday night before the Amherst Town Board.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

The Westwood Country Club in Amherst could be the site of what is being called a "new traditional neighborhood."

Developers seek golf course swap in Amherst

Aug 22, 2012

Though little certainty exists, planners are promoting their idea of a large scale lawn swap in Amherst.

Developers offered details at a Tuesday night public meeting regarding their plan to trade the privately-owned Westwood Country Club for the town-owned Audubon Golf Course on Maple Road.

While the town could continue offering municipal golf at the Westwood location, the 170-acre Audubon land would be transformed into a multi-use development.

According to the Buffalo News, planners admit the land swap faces several hurdles before becoming a reality.

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A proposed swapping of properties could bring new development to the Town of Amherst.

The News reports that Mensch Capital Partners is expected to formally request that the town trade the Audubon Golf Course to them in exchange for their Westwood Country Club. Operations at the club have been troubled of late, and the lease with the current operators ends in December. Mensch is interested in using the Audubon property for mixed development.

Any transaction will likely face protracted negotiations.

The operators of the Westwood Country Club have notified the facility's owners that they will be terminating their lease as of December 2013.

Culinary Productions, Incorporated ensures that this is merely a move to renegotiate their lease for a better deal with Mensch Capital Partners LLC, the club's owners.

Culinary Productions reports that activity at the golf course has rebounded and that the a new lease will help maintain progress and provide opportunities for potential future redevelopment.