Club West Update: 24 July 2020

Club West Update: 24 July 2020

Here is what The Park at Club West team has been working on this week. We intend to update you each week and always welcome your input, ideas, and suggestions to improve and enhance our efforts.

If you feel we are missing anything, please advise and we will incorporate it into the next update. Or if you disagree with something you read please let us know at www.theparkatclubwest.com.

* The President of the Club West Conservancy (CWC), Matt Tyler, accepted an invitation to meet with the Advisory Group on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

A copy of this invitation is available here: TheParkAtClubWest.com/invitation-cwc-advisory-group.

The CWC believes a fully restored 18-Hole Championship Golf Course at Club West is an attractive investment and in the best interest of all the Homeowners. Community land Solutions, on behalf of The Edge, has agreed to facilitate the potential investment by the CWC or any other properly vetted operator.

The statement of efforts and findings, including initial, common sense vetting parameters, will be published by CLS at TheParkAtClubWest.com/final-opportunity-restoration.

*Take a look at our first advertisement in the recent issue of the Ahwatukee Foothills News.

*Look for an upcoming guest column from Club West resident Chris and Pamela Henrichsen in the Ahwatukee News regarding collaboration and new efforts at Club West.

*Summaries of Advisory Group meetings are available at www.theparkatclubwest.com

*Relevant media coverage this on the emerging revitalization plan at Club West included the Williston Observer and Ahwatukee Foothills News. See below to read the full stories.

Williston Observer: http://www.willistonobserver.com/golf-course-redevelopment-receives-initial-approval/

Ahwatukee Foothills News: https://www.ahwatukee.com/news/article_002b4514-c547-11ea-84dd-af6f5828f83b.html

*Plans to clean up the entire Club West course commenced this week. Trash and weeds, some of which are more than 6 inches high, will be removed. Dead plants will also be taken out by maintenance crews hired by the new owners. The entire course property will be cleaned up.

*The Park at Club West Facebook page is now live! If you have not already visited our website, please follow the links below and check it out. And remember to encourage your friends to follow and like us on social media. We continue to grow our social media footprint.

Club West Update: 20 July 2020

Club West Update: 20 July 2020

This is the first of what we hope will be many weekly updates on efforts and progress being undertaken by The Park at Club West. And always, we welcome your input, ideas, and suggestions to improve and enhance our efforts.

Items are not listed in any necessary order. If you feel we are missing anything, please advise and we will incorporate it into the next update. Or if you disagree with something you read please let us know at www.theparkatclubwest.com.

*This week’s media coverage on the emerging revitalization plan at Club West included the Phoenix Business Journal, Ahwatukee Foothills News and AZ Big Media. See below to read the full stories.

Ahwatukee Foothills News: https://www.ahwatukee.com/news/article_002b4514-c547-11ea-84dd-af6f5828f83b.html

Business Journal

https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2020/07/10/former-ahwatukee-golf-course-to-turn-into-homes-an.html

AZ Big Media

https://azbigmedia.com/real-estate/commercial-real-estate/here-are-the-revitalization-plans-for-club-west-golf-course-land/

*On July 16th, our team and members of the Advisory Group held a conference call with Bill Murphy, Assistant City Manager for the City of Scottsdale. The call was to discuss the redevelopment of the closed down Villa Monterrey golf course located in Scottsdale and transitioning the area into a park. Mr. Murphy discussed the challenges of a closed down course, working with neighbors on landscaping and other plans and best practices on hydro-seeding, planting trees and security.

*The Advisory Group has initiated a process by which to facilitate other participants and homeowners and possibly expand the group in order to utilize the skills and talents that are abundant in our community. The status quo is not an option. We want a positive and transparent process that turns a community challenge into a community asset.

*Summaries of Advisory Group meetings are available at  www.theparkatclubwest.com.

*Look for our first advertisement in an upcoming issue of the Ahwatukee news.

*Clean-up efforts are starting at the clubhouse and the course. Weeds, dead plants, and trash are being removed. Vandalism and graffiti are being addressed.

*The Advisory group agreed on a statement to the homeowners defining their actions and roles in the process. Click here to read the full statement.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding The Park at Club West or would like to learn more, please feel free to go to our website at www.theparkatclubwest.com. Anyone can subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here.

Cleanup Starts At Closed Down Club West Golf Course

Cleanup Starts At Closed Down Club West Golf Course

The dumpster, trash and the tires have been removed along with other trash and debris.

New owners are removing weeds and trash from Phoenix course.

(AHWATUKEE) — Clean-up efforts have begun at the closed Club West Golf Course in Ahwatukee after new owners finalized their purchase of the property.

The Club West course has been closed since 2016. The course is littered with weeds, dead plants, brown grass as well as trash and graffiti. The clubhouse has been secured following numerous break-ins and vandalism which included extensive destruction of the interior and the breaking of all its windows.

Plans to clean up the entire Club West course commenced this week. Trash and weeds, some of which are more than 6 inches high, will be removed.  Dead plants will also be taken out by maintenance crews hired by the new owners. The entire course property will be cleaned up.

The community deserves much better than the eye sore the land has become over the past four years. The new owners hope the cleanup will breathe new life into the dead property and be the first step in the restoring and revitalizing what was once a ‘jewel of the community’.

The owners will give regular updates to the Club West HOA.

Revitalization plans for the closed course include developing a new park and greenbelt. Those plans could include a rose garden and sculpture garden with new owners hoping to convey the park to the Club West HOA as a community asset.

Plans will eventually go to Club West homeowners as well as the city of Phoenix for approvals.

The owners want to work with Club West residents and the entire community on finding a win-win solution that helps property values and quality of life. They want to create a community asset and do right by Club West residents. This comprehensive cleanup is part of that effort.

Club West Golf Course Finds New Direction

Course Finds New Direction with Revitalization Plans, Community Collaboration

(Ahwatukee) – The sale of the Club West Golf Course has been finalized and the new owners are working on a collaborative plan to revitalize the property.  The plans focus on a community effort to maximize park space and minimize residential development.

After initial attempts by The Edge to create a new golf experience at Club West, community members and Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio requested that The Edge consider alternative development plans that reduce the number of single-family detached residential homes required to finance any revitalization plan for the Course.

The new plan, tentatively called The Park at Club West, will redevelop the course into a community park with enhanced trails, open spaces, and recreational amenities.  The golf course has been closed since 2016 and reopening it is not a viable option.

A collaborative design process has commenced with an eight (8) member Neighborhood Advisory Group established by Community Land Solutions (CLS), as representatives of The Edge. CLS has also retained a landscape architect for the project. The Neighborhood Advisory Group was established as a community liaison for CLS to provide initial community design inputs and feedback.

“We are neighbors first. We want to bring new green and open spaces to the shuttered Club West Golf Course. Our plans are community-minded and will raise property values,” said Matt Shearer, a principal with CLS, which is leading efforts to build the new park and greenbelt.

CLS and the Neighborhood Advisory Group are meeting on a weekly basis with the goal of distributing an initial Draft Park Plan to the Club West Community for additional input. Shearer said additional meetings and communications with community members are planned and welcomed as the Property revitalization plans move forward.

The process includes significant time for community presentations & feedback, open houses and community events and necessary votes of approval from the HOA, homeowners and City of Phoenix.

“We want open and transparent dialogues with all our neighbors and remain optimistic in uniting the community with sustainable solution that removes uncertainty and enhances property values. There is still a lot of misinformation surrounding the future redevelopment plans for the Property. We are confident that the current planning process will allow us to proceed with constructive discussions based on facts”, Shearer added.

Shearer is a principal with CLS along with Bill McManus and Mike Hare.

CLS and the Neighborhood Advisory Group are looking at how communities in Arizona (including in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Oro Valley) and other states (including in Washington state and Ohio) have repurposed closed golf courses with responsible development solutions to help revive their respective communities and property values.