Audubon reuse project moves forward in Amherst

Multi-faceted project in development for years

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Amherst, NY (WBEN) - The Audubon reuse project is a go in Amherst.

Last night the Amherst Town Board approved the initial steps of a plan that has been 8 years in the making to allow for the construction of a new medical and surgery center, UBMD’s Orthopedic Ambulatory Center, near the Northtown Center.

This is a multi-faceted project that will also eventually see the old Westwood Country Club, which has been unused for years, turned into a nature park. Other developments include an indoor fieldhouse and other mixed-use buildings.

"The entirety of Westwood is going to be a park," said Amherst Town Supervisor Brian Kulpa. "We're going to move on from there to Audubon... Opportunities for development, but also for big public (green spaces)."

The project would also turn the 18-hole Audubon golf course will turn into a nine-hole course.

Monday's meeting was held virtually, but in previous public meetings many residents favored the changes with the exception of some golfers not happy with the changes.

Mensch Capital Partners will be developing the area East of the Northtown Center. The town of Amherst is getting the 170 acre Westwood Country Club in return. The two sides still have to settle on land value to put together the final transaction.

Westwood Conceptual Plan

Amherst Town Supervisor Brian Kulpa joined WBEN live on Tuesday morning to discuss the next steps of the project:

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