Westwood project takes step forward in Amherst

Posted at 9:48 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 21:50:29-05

It's a project that would dramatically change the Town of Amherst.

And on Monday night, the Town Board had their first say on the future of the abandoned Westwood Country Club property.

Monday's vote wasn't to decide whether or not rezoning would be approved for the development by MENSCH Capital, but rather if a state environment quality review of SEQR is acceptable to the town. 

The board voted to approve that review, moving the project one step further.

Westwood is a proposed neighborhood that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and would be located on the site of the former country club off Sheridan Drive, near Harlem Road.

It's a project vehemently opposed by many nearby homeowners.  Many of them have signs urging the brownfield site be cleaned-up and used as a park.

Even if the board had voted down the SEQR request, the project would still have life.

A Findings Statement from the SEQR will be reviewed at the December 11th town board meeting.

 Brian Kulpa will become the new town supervisor in the new year, replacing Barry Weinstein.

Kulpa has said he wants to property to become a park.