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Amherst seeks state OK for next step in reuse of Westwood course, town sports venues

Amherst will seek the state's permission for a future exchange of town parkland to ease the way for development near the town's Northtown Center athletic facilities, while preserving most of the former Westwood Country Club as green space.

The Town Board Monday voted, 5-0, to begin that process — known as alienation — after holding a public hearing earlier the same meeting.

The resolution was amended to ensure information about the alienation is public and to undo Monday's vote if progress on a deal with the developer, Mensch Capital Partners, isn't reached within nine months of state approval.

Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa said about 14 people spoke at the hearing, most in favor.

The town is asking the state to preemptively alienate much of its Audubon recreational complex — about 93 acres — to give it flexibility as it hashes out details with Mensch.

The timing is driven by Amherst's desire to win approval before the state legislative session ends next month, Kulpa said.

Vote nears on key step in reuse of Westwood course, Amherst sports facilities

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