The Village of Lakewood, Ill., property plans to build 240 condominiums, 60 guest rooms, walking trails, a health club and spa, while renovating some existing facilities. The president of the Turnberry POA said: “We’re not against the development of Turnberry Country Club as a country club. We’re against the inclusion of three- or four-story buildings.”
About 50 people have signed a petition opposing a proposed renovation and expansion of Turnberry Country Club in Village of Lakewood, Ill., the Crystal Lake, Ill.-based Northwest Herald reported.
A developer has proposed adding about 240 condominiums, 60 guest rooms, walking trails, a health club and spa as well as restoring and renovating an outdoor pool, pro shop, banquet facilities and a full-service restaurant to the private club, the Herald reported.
Alan Kanabay, the president of the Turnberry Property Owners Association, just doesn’t see the residential or guest room piece fitting into the neighborhood, the Herald reported.
“We [want] to ensure that it’s not developed into high rise, high-density condos,” Kanabay said. “We’re not against the development of Turnberry Country Club as a country club. We’re against the inclusion of three- or four-story buildings.”
The association, which represents about 190 member homes in the 300-home Turnberry, Murifield Court and Loch Glen neighborhoods, is circulating a second petition aimed at changing the covenants that govern the neighborhood and the country club. The changes would specifically prohibit multi-family residential and overnight guest uses, according to the language posted on the association’s website—something Kanabay said the association thinks is already prohibited under the current language but is designed to prevent a long legal battle, the Herald reported.
That petition has garnered about 35 signatures so far, said Andy Knapp, the association’s vice president.
Getting the amendment approved will be a difficult endeavor, as it requires the approval of two-thirds of the registered property owners, said Lakewood Village President Erin Smith, who also lives in the neighborhood. The proposed changes also will make the property more difficult for the bank to sell, the Herald reported.
“The neighborhood support for Turnberry Country Club was not sufficient to support this model in the past,” Smith said. “The question is what model will work in this neighborhood.”
Knapp, whose home backs up to the club and would be one of the most affected homeowners, disagrees. A member of the club for the two and a half years he’s lived in the neighborhood, he’s seen the number of events held at the club grow along with its revenue, the Herald reported.
The Village Board also has heard from residents who are willing to see Turnberry change and are open to the possibility of a residential component, Smith said.
A meeting hosted by the property owners association with the developer could be in the works as of Friday, the village provided the association with the developer’s contact information, Smith said.
The Turnberry Property Owners Association is circulating two petitions. One is a village-wide opposing the renovation and expansion of Turnberry Country Club and the other is a neighborhood-specific petition aimed at changing the covenants that govern the neighborhood, the Herald reported.