Hampshire Country Club Mamaroneck development proposal: Have your say

The article below was written by Gabriel Rom and Published Feb. 13, 2018 in Lohud

MAMARONECK - Residents can have their say Wednesday on a controversial proposal to build 105 homes at the private Hampshire Golf Club as the village Planning Board opens a public hearing on the plan.

The proposal, submitted in 2015, seeks to reduce the club's golf course from 18 holes to nine holes, and build 44 single-family homes and 61 townhouses across 95 acres. The club is located at 1025 Cove Road.

Hampshire still requires a slew of village approvals before the Planning Board can take a final vote.  Because Hampshire is not requesting any zoning changes, the plan does not require a Board of Trustees vote.

"It's hard to tell when the final vote will happen," said village Planner Gregory Cutler. "We're still only at the start of this process.

The public hearing, which focuses on the environmental impacts of the proposal, can last up to three months. Comments will be accepted until 30 days after its close.

“Hampshire is completely committed to being a good neighbor in Orienta Point and the entire Sound Shore community,” said Dave Smith, general manager of Hampshire Recreation, the company that owns the club. “Whatever plan is finally approved, Hampshire will remain a valued destination for members, non-members and guests.”

The developer's original proposal, rejected by the village had sought to limit the age of residents to 55. The proposal currently under review does not have any age restrictions.

The current plan is the result of a years-long legal battle between the village and Hampshire Recreation which bought the struggling club in 2010.

Hampshire first asked the village in 2014 to consider rezoning a small portion of the property to allow for the development of either 121 or 97 condominiums. The village rejected that plan, spurring the club to sue, alleging it had illegally rejected the plan. That lawsuit is ongoing.

A separate lawsuit filed in 2014 by Hampshire seeking $55 million in damages from the village was thrown out in federal appellate court in November 2016, upholding a previous ruling. That suit also stemmed from the club's 2014 development proposal.

If you go

What: Village of Mamaroneck Planning Board meeting.
When: 7 p.m., Wednesday.
Where: Village Court House, 169 Mount Pleasant Ave.