ECCHO Public Statement
Supporters of New Urban West and Michael Schlesinger claim that ECCHO wants nothing but a golf course on the Country Club site. That claim is a falsehood. The lie is intended to make the community appear stubborn in pursuit of an inflexible demand. The opposite is true.
Certainly, ECCHO regrets the loss of the golf course as an open space asset. And, it's true that ECCHO opposes the dreadful specter of 392 houses being crammed into the neighborhood. But ECCHO's opposition is not based upon a demand for an 18-hole golf course. ECCHO simply wants to see a reasonable, responsible project that preserves the benefit of some open space. In fact, ECCHO paid for an initial study that suggested the housing density had to be capped at 158 units. Completion of that study by residents in the area suggested a cap of 137 units.
ECCHO's purpose is not to revive the original golf course. Rather, its goal is to promote the preservation of open space and recreational assets in a project that will enhance the neighborhood.