A plan to build up to 180 luxury units on 15 of the Poway, Calif., property’s 117 acres would displace the club’s tennis and swim facilities. Owner Michael Schlesinger is looking to offer tennis and swim members access to the Rancho Arbolitos Swim and Tennis Club, which would include relocation incentives and facility improvements.
The owner of StoneRidge Country Club is looking for a way to have tennis and swim members use the Rancho Arbolitos Swim and Tennis Club if proposed condominiums replace its Poway, Calif., facilities, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The outreach was disclosed at an open house held May 21 designed to introduce club members, neighbors and the general public to a conceptual use plan to build up to 180 luxury units on the southernmost 15 of the club’s 117 acres. The units would be for those 55 years and older, the Union-Tribune reported.
The open house was attended by approximately 240 people over the course of 2 ½ hours. A second open house will be held soon in south Poway, according to Sara Ellis, spokeswoman for owner Michael Schlesinger and his company, No Stone Left Unturned, the Union-Tribune reported.
Based on verbal and written comments provided by those attending Sunday, Ellis said there was pushback from the club’s tennis members over the fact that the nine tennis courts and swimming pool would be eliminated in the proposed redesign of the property. Other initial concerns centered on traffic and the planned secondary road at the north end of the property that would be used for emergency access, the Union-Tribune reported.
Positives expressed came primarily from people saying that building condos on part of the property would ensure the financially struggling club would stay open, Ellis said.
Regarding the tennis courts, an information board at the open house said “StoneRidge ownership has proposed an off-site solution for StoneRidge Tennis and Swim members. The off-site solution will include relocation incentives and TBD facility improvements to Poway’s Rancho Arbolitos Swim and Tennis Club, which has agreed to take ALL StoneRidge Tennis and Swim members,” the Union-Tribune reported.
Open house attendees were given red and green stickers to place on various display boards as a way to comment on the information provided. An hour into the event the tennis and swim board was covered with red dots, the Union-Tribune reported.
“We don’t have any details worked out,” Ellis said. “We received a request list from the tennis members last week that includes several items that will take multiple conversations with Arbolitos’ owners to see what arrangements we can agree to.”
According to the information board, StoneRidge has nine tennis courts, 91 tennis members and 130 “active users.” Rancho Arbolitos, approximately 5 miles from StoneRidge, also has nine courts at 130 members. Both facilities have a six-lane swimming pool and Jacuzzi, the Union-Tribune reported.
Sunday’s event also served as the kickoff to a signature drive to qualify a ballot measure for a November election. Poway Open Space, a group representing golfing members and some surrounding property owners, is heading the campaign. The vote is required under the city’s Proposition FF because it will increase density on the land, the Union-Tribune reported.
In addition, a special “StoneRidge overlay” will be added, allowing for golf, for the units to be for age 55-plus owners and for an additional 10 acres to be designed for roads, ponds, storm drainage and a HOA clubhouse (not to be confused with the public clubhouse). The redesigned par-70, 18-hole golf course would be designated as permanent open space through the recording of a conservation easement, the Union-Tribune reported.
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