"There’s no word yet on who the winning bid is," Mamaroneck Town Councilman David J. Fishman told theLoop, about the apparent sale of Hampshire Country Club.
The Journal News reports the club has been sold, and not to us; that is, the Town and Village of Mamaroneck were not the winning bidder, hard as officials tried.
"I’m not sure why closing is taking so long or why the winner has not allowed themselves to be announced, Fishman said. "But some members have told me they believe it is a hospitality company and not an individual.”
A formal announcement of the sale is expected to come soon.
The private club in the affluent Orienta neighborhood along the shore closed in December because of declining membership. The 108-acre property has a marketed price tag of $14.9 million. The town and village have expressed interest in a joint purchase of the property but have gotten their bid rejected.
Club president Stan Brettschneider declined to comment. Town and village officials said they were not aware a sale had been reached but were aware the club was more interested in competing offers.
“We heard they are working with someone that bid on the project but I don’t know if there’s been a closing or there’s still talks with another party,” town administrator Stephen Altieri said. “They have not called us back.”
He emphasized he is not aware a deal had been reached.
“I know obviously our bid was not selected, but I don’t know whether they have selected someone and if so where they are with that,” he said.
The club since its closure has been a frequent target for vandalism. Club officials have said in the past they wanted to move sooner rather than later on a deal to keep the property intact. That’s probably the main strike against the municipalities, which would have had to conduct hearings and take other steps for any property purchase.