Yesterday the Amherst Town Board voted unanimously to purchase the old Westwood Country Club and turn it into a new park.

According to WGRZ, the purchase will give the Town of Amherst 170 acres of land that will be converted into a new park. The proposal for the park will call for the park to also include an indoor field house.

"We have a rare opportunity to acquire 170 acres of new green park space in the middle of the Town of Amherst and that's an incredible feeling" said Town of Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa after Monday's board meeting.

According to the deal approved by the town board, Amherst will pay 7.7 million dollars to purchase the old gold course. As part of the deal, the town will sell the 38 acres of different land to Mensh Captial Partners.

 Mensch Capital Partners has agreed to pay the town $8.4 million for 38 acres of property that includes parts of Audubon Golf Course. The Audubon Redevelopment project would include senior housing, residential units, and a UBMD surgery center. Kulpa described the development as becoming the new front door to the University at Buffalo North Campus.

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Work on the new park could start as soon as this Summer pending approval of permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Not everyone was happy with the passing of the proposal. Several people protested outside the town building calling for more time to review the projects before moving forward.


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