New zoning would allow the development of upwards of 150 homes on the club’s 110 acres, which is a concern for residents who say the area is already crowded. Town Councilman Bruce Blakeman said no decision has been made on the new zoning, and environmental and traffic impact studies are being conducted.
Taxpayers are awaiting a decision on what kind of development will be allowed on The Woodmere (N.Y.) Club, CBS New York reported.
Residents said they were shocked to find a zoning vote scheduled next week on the fate of the golf club, with golfers sad to see the South Shore jewel sold off to a developer, CBS reported.
“I feel terrible about the club going out of business,” club member Rene Reiner said.
Meanwhile, residents are ready for battle over what will come next for the 110 prime acres. The new zoning could allow upwards of 150 new homes, CBS reported.
“I think they were trying to pull a fast one on us and not get us involved or know what was happening,” said Rena Saffra.
With the year-and-a-half moratorium expiring, the developer would have the right to carve up the land into more than 300 new homes on one-eighth acre lots, CBS reported.
“The neighborhood cannot handle another 100-plus houses, the train station doesn’t have enough parking, ambulances cannot get down,” Woodsburgh resident Danielle Aronovitz said, adding it would essentially be “an environmental disaster.”
Town Councilman Bruce Blakeman said no decision has been made yet on the new zoning, and the vote will be delayed as he awaits environmental and traffic impact studies. Doing nothing would allow the development to proceed at densest levels, CBS reported.
“We are trying to help the residents by restricting the amount of development that can happen on this site,” Blakeman said. “If we don’t do something now the developer can come in and build 300 houses and that wouldn’t be acceptable.”
Blakeman will roll out the impact studies to the community on May 4 with weeks for them to weigh in. Meanwhile, the Five Towns Civic Association said it’s eager to hear what the developer has in mind for the open space. They claim they have lawyers at the ready to fight if they believe the proposal will overwhelm the community, CBS reported.
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