Interest Expressed In Ives Hills Country Club
The broker responsible for selling Ives Hill Country Club in Watertown says there is already some interest in the property.
It's being sold in three parts by local businessman P.J. Simao.
Simao declined comment to 7 News Thursday, and referred questions to Robert Nelson, a senior broker with CBRE Commercial Real Estate in Syracuse.
Nelson said Simao is offering the original nine hole golf course, the driving range and the clubhouse at a discounted price, if the buyer will agree to continue to run it as a golf course.
"One of his (Simao's) concerns was that he try to have as little impact on the neighborhood as possible," Nelson said.
"It probably doesn't bring him the greatest return on the land."
Nelson declined to be more specific about the interest shown in the properties.
If no buyer can be found for the clubhouse and nine holes who will agree to continue it as a golf course, Nelson said his company would work with Simao to come up with another plan.
Two other parcels - 16 acres behind the Ives Hill Retirement Community and 63 acres on Outer Ives Street - are on offer for development.
Nelson said he expects the 63 acres "will be some sort of residential development," and thought it possible that the 16 acres behind the Ives Hill Retirement Community could attract more of the same - residences for retirees.
The newer nine holes of the golf course - including three par 5 holes - are all across Ives Street from the original golf course, and are within the land being offered for development.
In some cases, homes on Outer Ives Street look out on the golf course.
"This property affects a lot of people in a lot of ways in the community," Nelson said. "We're acutely aware of that."
Thursday, May 23, 2013, Watertown, NY
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