Weekly Feature

2017-11-22 / Front Page

Westwood’s updated impact statement deemed complete

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor

UPDATE: The Town Board on Monday deemed complete an environmental impact statement relating to the planned Westwood Neighborhood.

In our next edition, The Bee will detail the next steps in the process for Mensch Capital, the property's owners.

Below is The Amherst Bee's story regarding the matter as published in the Wednesday, Nov. 22 edition. The board's vote was held after this week's press time. 

The Town Board on Monday was expected to vote on a resolution regarding the final generic environmental impact statement as it applies to the Westwood Neighborhood project.

A board majority approval would deem the impact statement as complete.

The final draft was prepared by Stantec Consulting Services with input from a Sept. 18 public hearing on the draft generic environmental impact statement.

During the hearing, approximately 25 people voiced their concerns about the potentially adverse neighborhood effects the proposed development could create.

Mensch Capital Partners is planning to build a $250 million mixed-use project on the 171-acre site of the former Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road at Sheridan Drive.

According to Mensch officials, the development is planned to include a hotel, parks, residential properties and areas for retail, senior living and green space features, such as pocket parks.

The residential uses would be divided into 41 houses, 83 patio houses, 130 attached townhouses, 180 multifamily apartments and 212 upper story apartments.

According to the resolution, the Town Board received more than 400 written and oral comments regarding the DGEIS.

Another aspect of Mensch Capital’s project is rezoning. The firm is seeking to rezone about 140 acres of the property of the former Westwood Country Club, as follows:

• 131.79 acres to Traditional Neighborhood Development

• 5.13 acres to Multifamily Residential

• 1.16 acres to General Business

According to Mensch officials, 30 acres will remain zoned Recreation Conservation.

A public hearing on the rezoning requests will be held in the future, after the Planning Board completes its review. In September, Supervisor Barry Weinstein said the rezoning hearing could possibly be set for a meeting in December.

In another matter, the board was expected to schedule a Dec. 11 public hearing for the purpose of allowing the community to review a new proposed law that will address the development of solar energy technologies.

A full report from Monday’s meeting will appear in the Nov. 29 edition of The Amherst Bee.

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