Plans for new clubhouse at Amsterdam Muni Golf Course approved – The Daily Gazette

AMSTERDAM — Construction of the new clubhouse at Amsterdam’s municipal golf course is set to start in the spring after the site plan and special permit were approved by Amsterdam’s planning board on Wednesday.

BBL Construction has already been hired to build the 14,000-square-foot clubhouse and could begin work in April once final design elements are completed by Phinney Design Group and building permits are issued by the city, the owner Lance Orcutt.

The former Upper Van Dyke Avenue clubhouse which suffered extensive water damage from burst pipes in 2019 has already been demolished by Orcutt to make way for new construction.

The city elected to use the $1.6 million insurance payment for damages to cover the municipal course budget shortfall and instead spun off the clubhouse property from the golf course to sell for $50,000 to limited liability companies controlled by Orcutt.

Orcutt, the co-founder and chairman of the city-based executive group, highlighted the clubhouse project as an opportunity to showcase the high-end millwork produced by his company to adorn the five-star hotels and restaurants that will furnish the club. -house builds while simultaneously filling a void in the local market.

“Part of the reason we decided to do this project was to use the new facility as a sales tool for the company,” Orcutt said. “The Amsterdam Golf Course hasn’t really had a restaurant or catering service for years. The city, the public and hopefully the executive group can all benefit from the project. »

The new Phinney-designed pavilion will recall the shingle-style architecture popular in the Northeast at the turn of the 20th century and will be built along the footprint of the old building.

An entrance from Upper Van Dyke Avenue at the second floor level will lead to a banquet hall that can accommodate approximately 160 people with a corner bar. A rear deck will overlook the golf course with room for additional banquet seating.

The plans for the event space replaced the second-floor gourmet accommodation concept originally included in the plans unveiled last summer.

The second floor will also include the clubhouse kitchen, private meeting space and restrooms.

The ground floor level will be accessible to golfers from the rear of the hillside clubhouse leading to an outdoor patio or indoor dining and bar area. The semi-casual setting will be comfortable for players between rounds or locals eating in the pub-style venue.

The floor will include a toilet, an entrance hall, a storage space and a room for the eventual relocation of the golf course and the shop.

Mayor Michael Cinquanti said the city is currently negotiating details for the pro shop space with Orcutt, but no decision has been made.

“Everything we do has to be something that benefits the city and something that’s right for Lance,” Cinquanti said. “The possibility is there that we will.”

The third floor of the pavilion will house offices, storage areas and the building’s mechanical components. An elevator will serve the three floors.

As well as securing planning permissions before construction, Orcutt said the project has one final hurdle to clear next month when Amsterdam’s Industrial Development Agency decides whether to issue a payment in lieu. tax agreement for the project.

PILOT agreements normally set property tax payments below the full assessment value of the property which gradually increases towards the full assessment value over the years of the agreement.

“It’s a critical piece of the puzzle to get this project done,” Orcutt said.

If tax relief through a PILOT agreement is granted, Orcutt argued that the city will still receive some level of taxes for property that was previously fully exempt when owned by the city, a source higher sales tax revenue and a likely increase in golf course revenue attracted by new development.

Construction of the pavilion is estimated at an investment of around $3 million, according to Orcutt. Escalating construction costs and more accurate projections based on the designs pushed the projected cost up from the original estimates by $2.2 million.

Cinquanti said the investment and the completed project would far exceed what the city could have accomplished had it attempted to renovate the old, water-damaged clubhouse building with the insurance money.

“The clubhouse is going to be second to none in the area, it’s going to be beautiful. I look forward to the inauguration and completion. It’s not just something that golfers will enjoy, it will be a destination in the city,” Cinquanti said.

BBL Construction estimates the building can be erected in approximately nine months, which Orcutt says will allow the project to open for the spring 2023 golf season, even allowing for possible delays due to limited funding availability. – contractors and supplies.

The Amsterdam clubhouse will likely be operated by Up to Par Management based on their performance at the helm of Van Patten Golf Club at Clifton Park this season, Orcutt said. He bought the 27-hole golf course last year.

Amanda Bearcroft, director of Amsterdam’s community and economic development department and executive director of AIDA, believes the clubhouse will meet a demand in the city for event spaces. She noted that calls have already been received from people and organizations interested in hosting events at the clubhouse.

“It’s really more than a clubhouse, it’s an event and banquet hall that doesn’t currently exist in the area,” Bearcroft said. “There is nothing like it currently in the city of Amsterdam and really in Montgomery County. It will be a draw for the region.

Cinqatni agreed, adding that the new clubhouse amenities will help attract new and returning players to the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course to generate revenue and secure the course’s autonomy.

Contact Ashley Onyon at [email protected] or @AshleyOnyon on Twitter.

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