Mamaroneck–As residents in the Orienta Point Association (OPA) in Mamaroneck met Monday to continue to fight the planned development of the Hampshire Country Club site, the Club released a statement saying,”The status quo of continuing to operate the club as a standalone facility is simply not an option. We believe our vision offers the most benefits to the largest number of Mamaroneck constituents.”
The proposed development of a large apartment complex on one of the last areas of open wetlands in the area has met with fierce reaction from residents, environmentalists and more. A group known as Mamaroneck Coastal was formed in response to the plans of the developers of the Club to seek a zoning change.
Club owners want to build a five-story, 110 to 125-unit apartment-style condominium and parking facility on the property, now a golf course, pool and club houses.
“It raises numerous other issues including traffic…particularly around the Hommocks School, flooding on an historically flood prone site…and scale,” according to the statement on Mamaroneck Coastal’s website.
In a letter to theLoop from the Global Strategy Group, a public relations firm representing Hampshire, Thomas Nappi, Senior Project Manager of the Club writes, “These beautifully-designed, eco-friendly residences will subsidize the Club’s operations – a model that has been proven to work around the country – and provide a wide range of benefits to the community.”
He cites a plan by Mamaroneck Village that would change Hampshire’s zoning to allow development on the property. He says 112 acres of Hampshire’s 117 are zoned for residential development, allowing for 100 single family homes, which would have a far more negative impact.
“Under (our) plan, new residences will be attached to, and behind, the existing clubhouse, and only visible to a small number of homes during certain parts of the year. To further reduce the visual impact of the project, plans call for underground resident parking.”
Members of the OPA have written to local elected officials, saying, “The Hampshire developers are experienced real estate investors with millions of dollars to gain. They purchased Hampshire with full knowledge of its zoning restrictions, and, despite such knowledge, are choosing to move forward with this proposal, believing that these restrictions should not apply to them. They should not be permitted to profit on their bet that our Village would ignore our current laws and Comprehensive Plan and permit their desired rezoning.”
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