The Town of Mamaroneck and Village of Mamaroneck “are working very closely together” as they consider options for the future of Hampshire Country Club, according to Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Valerie O’Keeffe and Mamaroneck Village Mayor Norman Rosenblum. Officials have known since before Christmas that the golf and tennis club on Cove Road was in financial distress and would be ceasing operation.
Supervisor O’Keeffe confirmed the municipalities were investigating “opportunities for preserving open space and for enhancing recreation,” but would not elaborate further.
Mayor Rosenblum was less circumspect. He said officials from the two municipalities had met with the Hampshire Country Club Board on Friday, January 15 to explore the possibility of buying all or a portion of the club for public use.
Mamaroneck Village Manager Richard Slingerland said, “This could be run as an authority or an enterprise fund operation for recreational purposes.”
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the Village to acquire this kind of property,” said Mayor Rosenblum. “This is a no-brainer: you have to go after it whether you succeed or not.”
The mayor stressed, “It’s still in a premature stage.” However, he said he had been contacted by over 100 Mamaroneck Village residents expressing their interest, offering their experience and volunteering to raise funds to purchase the club.
Private developers also are interested. “It’s a very unique opportunity for the Town – and even for a private developer,” said Town Administrator Steve Altieri.
What’s There? What Could Be There?
The club includes over 120 acres, much of it now dedicated to an 18-hole golf course. Approximately 8 acres near Hommocks Road are in the unincorporated part of Mamaroneck Town. The rest is in Mamaroneck Village. According to Mr. Altieri, the entire property is zoned residential.
In theory, a number of single family homes could be built there. But at least part of the land is marsh or otherwise prone to flooding. In the December 1992 nor’easter, a Mamaroneck Village resident drowned at the club when the road flooded. (See: Centers for Disease Control: Surveillance of Deaths Attributed to a Nor’easter – December 1992.)
Finding the Owner
Ar the end of 2009, sources at the club contacted municipal officials, said Mr. Altieri. Now “there are potential conversations about the future of the property.”
In addition to conversations, there are investigations ongoing into the right entity to deal with at Hampshire.
The owners of the club may be different from the owners of the land. “We’re trying to determine who has the authority over the disposition of the land,” said Mr. Altieri.