A walk-through of potential renovation sites at the club kept neighbors aware of proposed changes to the property’s layout and how it could affect them. The club looks to add a new parking lot, house lot, pond and function tent to accommodate more events.
Half a dozen abutters showed up to the scheduled site walk at Cape Neddick (Maine) Country Club to see proposed areas for a new parking lot, house lot, pond and function tent, Seacoast Online reported.
The club is looking to add a function tent behind the clubhouse, build an additional parking lot near the entrance and build a pond and divide off a house lot. The proposal for the construction will go before the Planning Board September 13, Seacoast Online reported.
Club President Bob Satter said the changes are intended to add income to the facility, which has been under the same ownership since 1949.
“We’re trying to adapt to economic times, we need additional revenue,” Satter said. “We have nine events lined up for September.”
The proposed event tent would be lighted and able to hold an estimated 120 people for weddings, community events and LPGA events that are currently held in the clubhouse. The clubhouse currently holds an estimated 60 events a year and is not winterized. The months of July and August are high demand times for golf and clubhouse use and the new parking lot is intended to free up spaces, Seacoast Online reported.
Satter added that competition from other courses has increased since the club expanded in 1997. Then, there were only two other courses in the area but now three more have been built.
Design Engineer Bob Wood of Attar Engineering, Inc., said the ledge and rock behind the clubhouse and at the proposed parking lot would have to be blasted, Seacoast Online reported.
Planning Board members made no comment on the plans. Community Development Director Steve Burns said a debate would have to wait until the meeting. Neighbors Roger and Louise Poisson live across the street from the club and expressed concern about drainage. Other said the tent will result in more events and an increase in traffic, as well as the potential to lose their view of the property, Seacoast Online reported.