The Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees said this week that they would not discuss– or consider — a request to change the zoning at the Hampshire Country Club’s 120 or so acres in the Orienta Point neighborhood that would allow 121 luxury condominiums to be built there.
The club’s owners responded by saying they would pursue a plan to build 106 single-family homes on the site and that this that would swallow up the 18-hole golf course, but not require a zoning change.It would require village planning reviews.
Club owners had asked village officials to consider the proposal to build 1- to 3-bedroom luxury condominium units at the clubhouse and to maintain the golf course. This multi-family housing would require the zoning to be changed. Read an earlier report from this blog of this dual proposal when it was formally presented to the village.
The 5-member board voted unanimously Monday night not to entertain this request for a zoning change.
“The board rejected the application,” Village Manager Richard Slingerland said Tuesday night. “And I’ll let the board’s action speak for itself.”
Here is a comment from Thomas Nappi, Hampshire’s senior project manager:
“We are disappointed in the outcome, because our preferred plan provided the greatest benefit for the largest number of constituents and would have preserved over 90 percent of the property’s open space.
“The village board elected not to hear the merits of the condominium plan. We knew this was a possibility, and have already presented a second plan that is in compliance with existing zoning, to create 106 luxury single-family homes on the property. These homes would reflect the style and architecture found in the exclusive Orienta Point neighborhood.
“Hampshire will remain a viable country club with this plan, as it allows the tennis courts, pool and clubhouse to remain open.”
Even though this marks the first time the two proposals have been presented to village officials, the plans have been discussed by residents and presented to community groups for more than a year.
Some critics of the plan say the golf course is built on land that is below sea level and it would not be feasible to build homes on the often water-logged golf course. They say the environmental disturbance would be too great for the village to allow either large development.
Club owners said the condo project would retain much of the club and 90 percent of the property’s open space, keep about 125 jobs, and create new tax revenue for the village.
(Above is an architect’s rendition of the proposed condo project.)