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Westwood overhaul takes next step

Posted at 11:25 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 23:25:23-04

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Town of Amherst moved forward Monday night, on transforming the former Westwood Country Club into a park.

For nearly a decade, developers, the Town of Amherst and neighbors have been trying make something of the empty golf course. Town Supervisor Brian Kulpa wants to turn the property into a large park. In order to do that, the town would need to acquire most of Westwood, which is owned by Mensch Capital. In order to do that, town officials would need to sell a part of Audubon Golf Course to the company. That course is a town park, right across the street.
The town is not allowed to sell park land, without state permission.

Monday, the town board unanimously agreed to ask the state to allow the changes.

Most who came to speak in front of the board warned the town to be careful when it comes to dealing with selling park land.

Mensch Capital released this statement:

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with the Town of Amherst to convert a portion of Westwood into a park and redevelop the Audubon property. This is the first step in the process. While nothing is decided, we look forward to further conversations with neighbors and the town."