New venue for June 3 Woodmere Club meeting


The June 3 meeting for the new Woodmere Club proposal has been changed to Lawrence Middle School at the Broadway Campus at 195 Broadway in Lawrence at 7 p.m.

A little more than seven years after developers Efrem Gerszberg and Robert Weiss bought the then 109-old Woodmere Club for a little more than $9 million and assumed the club’s nearly $15 million debt, then set off a firestorm of controversy and multiple lawsuits.

The saga could be ending.

Gerszberg and Weiss have proposed an alternative to what was their vision of 284-single-family homes on the 118-acre property and the 53 homes that a restricted zoning plan held them to.

The newest proposal calls for 160 age-restricted condominiums the developers said in the May 24 letter sent to Lawrence Mayor Alex Edelman and Woodsburgh Mayor Jacob Harman there will be “many amenities.”

There will also be five residential lots, a dedication of property to the Town of Hempstead to create a turning lane on Broadway and build a sidewalk along Meadow Drive, installation of a 75-foot landscaped buffer, a 300-foot setback for the front of the building on Broadway.

A dedication of roughly 50 acres to a conservation alliance. The preserved land will have a deed restriction to prohibit development. Five acres to create Lawrence Park. Transfer of the Woodmere Club to Woodsburgh village and a transfer of 50 feet of property to adjoining neighbors. The club also abuts Cedarhurst.

“We believe we have made significant concessions to attempt to provide the Five Towns an Age Restricted Condo Project (a needed resource), while providing for significant open space and buffers,” the developers wrote in the letter.

“We would like to make sure the negotiated points are clearly outlined,” they added. “Moreover, we all believe that public input at this stage is important to understand if we should move this concept to the next step.”