It’s back to the drawing board for Stony Point as residents rejected the proposed sale of the city’s municipal golf course by a vote of 2,088-1,904.
Supporters of the Patriot Hills, LLC proposal have reportedly seen the aging golf course upgraded, its renovated and remodeled clubhouse with showers and bathrooms, and the renovated Grille room and construction completed. The proposed sale also reportedly included the dismantling of asbestos-filled buildings left behind when Letchworth Village was closed by New York State in 1995 and a new senior / community center for the city. Since then, more than one potential investor, including Great Wolf Lodge and Merlin Entertainment, has taken a peek and passed ownership of Letchworth.
Opponents of the sale formed Stony Point United and successfully called for a public referendum on election day. Many SPU supporters believe ownership would be “flipped” for high density housing and have urged voters to keep the golf course in the hands of municipalities. SPU also objected to selling the old decaying Letchworth Village property for a dollar, saying the land was worth more, despite the cost to any buyer of demolishing the massive buildings and restoring the property.
“I believe we lost the opportunity to revitalize the Letchworth property and the golf course, âsaid Supervisor Jim Monaghan, re-elected to his third term on Tuesday evening. âThe people have spoken. This provided an opportunity to ease the financial burden on taxpayers. Going forward, Monaghan said he would train a group of experienced business owners and residents to determine the best course of action for the city. âWe have worked hard to attract interest rates,â he said, âbut it sends yet another message that is difficult to do business with Stony Point.â Raja Amar, CEO of T-Mobile Portables Unlimited in Nanuet and principal of Patriot Hills, LLC, could not be reached for comment before press time.