WATERTOWN — Two builders on the middle of an issue involving the Watertown Golf Membership at Thompson Park have provide you with a method to resolve the membership’s long-standing points with town.
Builders Michael A. Lundy and P.J. Simao are proposing that town purchase the 9 holes that Mr. Lundy owns on the golf course.
Metropolis Supervisor Kenneth A. Combine confirmed Thursday that talks are “persevering with” with Mr. Lundy in regards to the metropolis buying the portion of the golf membership that Mr. Lundy owns. The membership owns holes one via six and 16 to 18 of the course, whereas town owns the others.
Council members have talked in regards to the situation twice throughout govt classes in current weeks, however it seems that the deal was not shifting ahead.
A number of weeks in the past, Mr. Lundy and Mr. Simao met with Mr. Combine, Councilwoman Lisa A. Ruggiero and metropolis lawyer Robert J. Slye in regards to the proposal.
Mayor Jeffrey M. Smith, who didn’t attend the assembly, opposes the deal, saying that the proposed worth for town to amass the property is just too excessive. He wouldn’t say how a lot was being requested for the property, however stated that it exceeds the $3.1 million that it price to construct the pool at Thompson Park.
“No manner for that worth,” he stated.
Underneath the proposal, the deal would finish all litigation in opposition to town involving the golf course and it might enable Ives Hill Nation Membership, which Mr. Simao owns, to reopen.
If the deal could be consummated, Mr. Simao wouldn’t pursue future authorized motion. In recent times, he has saved Ives Hill closed.
Through the years, the golf membership has been the supply of authorized battles with each builders, a lot of it involving how golf membership members have parked on city-owned land on the park.
Mr. Simao additionally has accused town of subsidizing the golf membership by permitting a below-market lease for the city-owned land utilized by the golf course.
Most lately, Mr., Lundy grew to become incensed that zoning for the land he owns on the golf membership would change below sweeping zoning adjustments proposed by town.
Underneath the proposed adjustments, Mr. Lundy’s property could be rezoned from residential to open space for park land, thus ending Mr. Lundy’s plans to presumably sometime construct properties on it.
Whereas he wouldn’t speak about promoting the land to town, Mr. Lundy made it identified on Thursday evening precisely how he feels in regards to the zoning change, which might prohibit his plans to construct homes on his property.
“They actually pulled the rug from beneath me,” he stated. “If town goes to have management of the park, they need to personal it.”
It seems that almost all of council additionally opposes the zoning change. Final week, Councilman Patrick J. Hickey, a member of the zoning process power, informed its members that the zoning change didn’t have sufficient help.
Mayor Smith thinks that the golf course property must be zoned residential A, which might solely enable single-family properties.
“I don’t suppose it’s truthful to vary zoning with out the permission of its proprietor,” Councilwoman Ruggiero stated.
Mr. Combine stated the topic will come up once more in govt session on Monday and the way it pertains to potential litigation involving Mr. Lundy.
What occurs subsequent may hinge on what occurs with the proposed zoning change. Mr. Combine stated he doesn’t know whether or not the problem might be resolved Monday evening.
“We’ll see,” he stated.
The result may contain Mr. Simao opening 9 holes at Ives Hill and town ending up with the one 18-hole course in Watertown.
Town would then run the golf membership as a municipal golf course.