A new traditional neighborhood has been proposed for the Westwood Country Club site in Amherst, featuring pedestrian-friendly mixed uses.
“This is smart development using traditional neighborhood design, which includes residential, recreation, neighborhood shops, hospitality and professional office space elements,” Andrew J. Shaevel, managing partner for Mensch Capital Partners, said today.
Mensch, which bought the 170-acre site at Sheridan Drive and North Forest Road from its members in 2012, submitted its rezoning proposal to the town today.
Shaevel said the $238 million project includes components of the town’s Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan, which envisioned when the continued operation of a golf course would become difficult because of changing demographic, economic or social trends.
The conceptual master plan for the site includes 600 housing units, consisting of patio homes, townhouses, single-family homes, apartments, and assisted and independent senior living. Some 280 of those housing units would be located above residential shops and neighborhoods in a neighborhood center, which also would include a 130-room hotel and 200,000-square-feet of professional office space.
More than one-third of the property, 64 acres, would be public green and open space, with pedestrian and bike trails, and lake access.
The developer will be scheduling neighborhood informational meetings. Meanwhile, it also has established a website, westwoodamherst.com, to provide full public access to information and filings about the proposal.