Orchard Park Town Board members Wednesday night approved plans for four new structures at Harvest Hill Golf Course on Old Transit Road.
Owner Ross Cellino wants to build a clubhouse with a pro shop and sports bar-type restaurant, pavilion for golf tournaments, barn to house golf carts and restrooms on the golf course by next spring.
He brought his proposal to the Planning Board on Wednesday night, which recommended approval by the Town Board, which also met. Action by the Town Board came as a surprise, since there was no public agenda released for the meeting and no mention by board members that they might act on the golf course proposal after meeting in an executive session with their labor attorney.
Cellino said in an email that he hopes to submit architectural plans to the Building Department today and start construction as soon as possible. He wants to construct the buildings by next golf season.
The course opened in 2007 on land that had been donated to the West Seneca Rotary.
Supervisor Janis Colarusso said the Town Board was not sure if the project would come up Wednesday night. The board canceled its meeting next week, and Cellino would have had to wait until the board’s Dec. 5 meeting for approval if action hadn’t been taken Wednesday.
She said the board was planning to vote again at its Dec. 5 meeting “just so it goes public,” an apparent reference to the fact that no public agenda had been released for Wednesday night’s meeting and there was no public notice that the board might vote on the golf course proposal.
Cellino said he plans to keep the club public and does not want to compete with Orchard Park Country Club. He said he has told the First Tee program it will continue to have free use of a building for its classroom training sessions for children, as well as the three-hole course, driving range and practice facility for the program.