Demolition of Amsterdam clubhouse Muni in progress
AMSTERDAM – The demolition of the municipal golf clubhouse this week paves the way for the planned construction of a contemporary building with multiple spaces combining relaxed and upscale atmospheres, according to Lance Orcutt, the new owner.
The Common Council authorized the sale of the town’s clubhouse and golf course pavilion for $ 50,000 to limited liability companies controlled by Orcutt, co-founder and chairman of the town’s executive group.
The existing clubhouse building suffered severe flood damage in February 2019 due to ruptured pipes. The city planned to use the approximately $ 1.6 million insurance payment related to the damage to repair the building before receiving an offer to purchase from Orcutt, which proposed to demolish the obsolete structure and build a new installation on site at an estimated cost of $ 2 million.
The city now plans to pocket the insurance payment to pay off the golf course’s accumulated budget deficit of approximately $ 1.4 million and fund improvements to the golf course.
Last month, the Planning Council approved a subdivision dividing the clubhouse and lodge properties into individual plots from the 198-acre golf course located at 158 Upper Van Dyke Ave. which will remain the property of the city. The sale of the 34,000-square-foot clubhouse property and the 20,120-square-foot lodge property closed last week, according to Orcutt.
The purchase agreement for the properties required Orcutt to demonstrate his ability to raise up to $ 1.5 million to fund the project, which he said was accomplished through his intention to fund the project privately. .
Previously discussed plans to seek funding from the Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency for the project may be reconsidered in the future based on final cost, although a request for payment in lieu of a tax agreement for the properties have been submitted to council as stipulated in the purchase contract.
Orcutt said the use of private funds allowed the demolition of the clubhouse to begin this week as design work is underway for the new clubhouse building.
“Right now we’re going full steam ahead with the Montgomery County unfinished project, but we’re keeping the option open there if needed,” Orcutt said.
The executive group is carrying out the site plans and hired a company to carry out the demolition. Building demolition began on Wednesday and is expected to be complete and all debris transported by the end of the day Friday. The site will be backfilled to clean up the property until new construction can begin later this year.
A new concrete floor was poured into the clubhouse on Monday and work is underway to install insulation and plasterboard to prepare the space to serve as a temporary clubhouse this season. A catering company has been hired to exploit the space this year.
The lodge had once served as a cart barn but was no longer used for that purpose and was converted into an outdoor lodge and fitted with American with Disabilities Act compliant toilets after the clubhouse was damaged.
With the properties now under the control of the Executive Group and work on the site underway, Orcutt is excited to finally move the project plans forward.
“Nothing is holding us back,” Orcutt said. “It’s a relief after nearly six months of negotiations and discussions, that hurdle has passed and we are on the next one.
The executive group has hired a design firm that is currently developing plans for the new clubhouse which will include outdoor seating, lounge area, bar, restaurant and banquet hall. The property purchase contract requires new owners to receive city approval for the building design before applying for a building permit.
Orcutt was unsure who within the city would have final oversight of the design process, but said officials will receive concept drawings along the way and expressed confidence that the plans will exceed expectations.
“We hope that what we offer will be well received by the city and the community. It’s going to be professionally designed, not just a few guys doing a sketch, ”Orcutt said.
The executive group is also considering options for sharing development plans on social media to involve the community in the process as it unfolds.
After construction, the building will be fitted with custom installations, furniture and equipment created in-house by the executive group. Orcutt said each area of the expanded clubhouse will have its own vibe.
The restaurant will have the upscale feel of a five star establishment. The lounge and bar will be more relaxed to accommodate golfers having a meal or a drink after playing a round. The banquet hall will be a multipurpose space capable of hosting a professional conference or gala.
“This place will be unlike anything in the area,” Orcutt said. “That’s what we’re doing. We’re building fantastic bars, lobbies, and ballrooms. We’re going to incorporate that expertise by working with five-star projects and bring that into space.
Orcutt, a native of Gloversville, said the clubhouse will fill a gap in the local market, devoid of upscale restaurants and event spaces, while also catering to the needs and wishes of sportsmen and casual diners.
“One of the reasons I liked this investment is the fact that there really aren’t any good fancy restaurants in the city,” he said. “I know there are a lot of people who live in Montgomery County and Fulton County who wish they could have something top notch, nice local without having to travel to Saratoga or Albany. I know the golf community will welcome it and when it comes to banquet facilities there is very little to no conference space. Between these sources of income, I am convinced that we will be profitable. “
The site will also serve as a hands-on demonstration of the executive group’s capabilities where customers visiting primarily from New York or Boston can enjoy a meal after touring the Shuler Street Company facilities.
“Everything in the space that we are going to create. The architecture, the furniture, the seats, we’re going to do it in-house, ”Orcutt said. “We can present our work.”
The new site could also help the executive group to attract new customers locally, he added.
“We don’t do any local business and do next to nothing in the Capital Region,” Orcutt said. “With local builders and developers taking a factory tour and then having lunch at our facility, we can wow them with the quality. We know we can create an absolutely fantastic atmosphere.
Whether the executive group will operate the clubhouse itself after construction or hire a company to operate the space has yet to be decided, Orcutt said. The real estate deal included a purchase clause requiring Orcutt and all future owners to operate the location as “a clubhouse, restaurant, bar and banquet hall for both use of the land. golf course and for public use ”.
The final designs for the project are expected to be completed within about six weeks for construction scheduled from mid-June. Orcutt has set Memorial Day weekend in May 2022 as the scheduled opening date for the new clubhouse.