Town officials have released a request for proposals, seeking both recommended uses and creative ideas for the property, which the town purchased in 2009.
Town officials have released a request for proposals (RFP) for the town-owned Country Club of Woodbridge (Conn.), seeking proposals for both recommended uses and creative ideas, the New Haven (Conn.) Register reported.
One type of proposal being sought is an open-ended option for use of the 155-acre parcel. Another is the option recommended by a consultant, which maintains the 18-hole golf course and pool and allows development of age-restricted housing on about 30 acres of land, the Register reported.
The RFP and the final report on property use options can both be found on the town’s website, www.WoodbridgeCT.org.
“This RFP will open the door to creative development options that we may not even have considered,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. “This will allow us to see what the private market thinks is feasible for this site.”
An ad hoc committee appointed by the first selectwoman will review the proposals and interview the responders. The committee will then make nonbinding recommendations to the Board of Selectmen.
Submissions are due by August 4, the Register reported.
The creative option came up because there have been so many wide-ranging suggestions for the property during community conversations, Scalettar said. She has described it as a beautiful piece of property with “green, rolling hills, large, impressive trees and an unusually large parcel of open space,” and it behooves the town to explore all options, the Register reported.
Town officials say the RFP will include the following parameters: projects must have a fiscal positive for the town, energy efficiency and low-impact development; embody Smart Growth principles such as walkability and sustainability; maximize open space; minimize traffic impact on the neighborhood; and feature a physical design that fits in with the town’s character, the Register reported.
The club previously had been privately run and in 2008 was millions of dollars in debt. Residents approved buying the land for $7 million and the facility reopened in 2009 as the Country Club of Woodbridge, the Register reported.