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Poll: What Should Yorktown Do With the Holland Sporting Club?

The Holland Sporting Club was once an exclusive posh summer resort and weekend getaway. The town is demolishing the buildings and crews are expected to finish by the end of the week.

The demolition of the Holland Sporting Club in Mohegan Lake has begun as the . Yorktown highway department members are about half way done with tearing down the 14 buildings on the lakeside property. 

For years, the property has been attracting vandals and the parcel of land has not been maintained. 

for the full story and a video of the demolition. 

So, what would you like the town do with the Holland Sporting Club once the buildings are no longer there? Take our poll and tell us in the comment section below.

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Evan Bray July 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM
As a neighbor, I vote passive recreation. It's located on the narrowest mile of rte 6 so commercial or resodential development would require a road widening which is impossible.
Evan Bray July 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM
It's rather beautiful woodland with access to Mohegan lake.
Evan Bray July 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM
That's why a bunch of Dutch nationals set up a sporting club there. Perhaps a sporting club would be appropriate.
John Smith July 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM
If it was left up to Supervisor Grace and his cronies there would be a Target there.
Evan Bray July 11, 2012 at 01:59 PM
;) Or a parking lot for the winery. "We have some beautiful woodland acreage with lake access. Quick: pave it!. No, better yet, sell it to the highest bidder and then rezone it to C-3 so they can make outrageous sums of money at the expense of the residents of the town. What's that? You need zoning variances? We've got you covered."
Francis T McVetty July 11, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Evan, I wish I had your money!!! Would you be willing to help out with MY taxes while your at it?
jo July 11, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Evan.. politics in your future?? you sound like you are running for something
Walt Daniels July 12, 2012 at 01:35 AM
It is currently parkland and should remain so. The Comp Plan, section 9-21 has a full paragraph suggesting what should be done, basically passive recreation, e.g. picnic, swim, hand launch boats, etc. There are good trail possibilities for mild exercise and dog walking. The park has major access problems from Lexington Ave with bad sight distances and limits on left or right turns so heavy use is not advised. This is the only public access to Mohegan Lake, a resource that should not be squandered. Private opinion, not necessarily those of the Advisory Committee on Open Space of which I am a member and which will probably issue its own recommendation.
Scott Petricig July 12, 2012 at 03:41 AM
It would indeed be great if the public could use this property to access the lake. Trails would be nice, and some other recreational uses as well.
Deborah Catalano-Sansone July 12, 2012 at 03:41 PM
This is a residential community, having a public park or use of the property to access the lake , picnic,swim or launch boats would be disturbing to the entire neighborhood and the balance of the enviroment. The local streets cannot support a large volume of traffic.Home owners in this neighborhood have already endured the years of vandalism.Many ML home owners have deeded private dock plots.Yorktown already has a healthy assortment of public parks, pools and lakes.
Phil Leahy July 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
The Comp Plan, section 9-21; Make the Holland Sporting Club site into a self-sustaining, multi-use cultural and/or recreational facility. "The Town's acquisition of the Holland Sporting Club site provides a unique opportunity to create a special public use that brings Yorktown residents together. The site is very beautiful, with woodlands that slope down to the waterfront of Mohegan Lake." "Opportunities may allow for a number of possible uses including day camps, cultural activities, picnicking and hiking, nature activities, outdoor theater and, very importantly, access to Mohegan Lake for boating and swimming." The site is 15 acres or so and also would be perfect for Bicycle trails or expansion of Yorktown Bicycle trails as well. Open space needs to be preserved in this area and it should be reclaimed as Open Space to limit the impact on the environment. I don't think the town should be trying to make a profit on it. Yorktown needs to preserve open space in Mohegan Lake, there has been too much development in the area.
Phil Leahy July 20, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Maybe the existing bridge could connect the New Holland Park to FDR; Westchester County Master Plan includes routes from the North County Trailway, through the proposed recreational area, to the bridge and beyond; http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/February-2010/Ask-Westchester-The-Bill-Rubin-Edition/
Walt Daniels July 20, 2012 at 04:23 PM
The old Westchester Magazine article is very out of date. You can now hike from Woodlands Legacy Fields to Granite Knolls (Stony St). We are currently building trails in Granite Knolls (west of Stony St) that will connect with Sylvan Glen (later this summer). That gets you to Grant Ave at the south end of Mohegan Lake. There is no green space between there and Holland Sporting Club, but the local roads are not high traffic. From Woodlands you can go south onto Strang Blvd and shortly to FDR. Getting from the main part of FDR to the south eastern part where the old railbed leads to Turcos requires a few bridges. Pending environmental assessments and grant applications this will also be available in a year or so (optimistically).
Phil Leahy July 21, 2012 at 08:45 PM
The Town of Yorktown has done almost nothing to the Holland Sporting Club site in the past 12 years since they purchased it. They let it , ROT & lie fallow, maybe it should be turned over to the Westchester County Parks department....rather than opening it to possible private development.
Walt Daniels July 22, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Join with the local neighbors as they have plans to work with Yorktown Parks to make it available for limited passive use. At the Town Board meeting last Tuesday it appears that development is currently off the table.
Phil Leahy July 22, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Apparently there are others on the Town Planning Board who think the Holland Club Site should be turned into Condo or Mixed Use Development....rather than a town park/open space to increase the Yorktown tax base. http://www.theexaminernews.com/yorktowns-holland-sporting-club-demolished/
Walt Daniels July 23, 2012 at 01:07 AM
All those comments were made before the Town Board meeting where Grace implied that that option was off the table and none of the other board members objected.. None of the people quoted in the article on the Planning Board, which is not involved at this point.

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