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 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.