SOUTHINGTON — A local developer is waiting on federal and state permits that he says have delayed reconstruction of the course and clubhouse for North Ridge Golf Club.
Mark Lovley, the developer, built homes on half the course and plans to redo the other half. The project includes expanding a half-acre pond into two acres which will be the centerpiece of the golf course. The work requires approval from the Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection since wetlands would be altered.
“The state and the federal government, they’re not under a time restraint. It takes quite a while to get approval,” Lovley said.
He’d hoped to reopen the golf course this year but now plans for a fall 2019 opening.
Lovley said he’s been meeting with architects and golf course designers. The Army’s comments on his plans have required changes to the layout, although all the major features will remain.
Lovley bought the former Pine Valley Golf Course in 2014 and got approval to build 94 homes on a portion of the land. He got town approval to develop half the site in exchange for giving the town 10 acres of open space and development rights on the remaining nine holes. Those development rights keep houses from being built on the course.
Homes near the course are about 3,000 square feet and run between $500,000 and more than $1 million.
The rebuilt, 12,000 square-foot clubhouse will have a banquet facility, pro shop, learning center with golf simulators and a gym. An outdoor patio will overlook the new pond.
Since the course has been closed, some of it near Welch Road has become overgrown. Lovely said he’s not maintaining the course since the holes will be redesigned and reconfigured anyway.
“Not one of the holes is staying,” he said. “We really have to redo them all for the greens to match.”
Lovley hopes to bring a site plan before to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission in September.
In January 2017, the planning commission approved changes to the pond. Commission chairman Michael DelSanto said Lovley’s plans are an impressive revamp of the entire course.
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