By Kevin Kelley
Lakewood Country Club is planning to tear down its existing clubhouse and build a smaller one in its place.
According to a letter submitted to the Westlake Planning Commission, the existing clubhouse and cart barn, which total about 52,000 square feet, will be replaced by a smaller, more efficient facility that will be approximately 34,000 square feet in area.
The main level of the new clubhouse will include dining and banquet facilities, a new fitness facility and golf pro shop. The lower level will include a cart barn, an area for golf lessons and storage rooms.
“The building exterior vernacular is designed with a French Country-style flair which will blend into the surrounding community’s aesthetics,” wrote Jack Meredith, production manager with Chambers Architectural Associates, the Baltimore-based firm handling the design of the new clubhouse. In the Jan. 10 letter, Meredith added that sustainability will be a key factor in the project’s design.
The development plan for the clubhouse is on the agenda of the Planning Commission’s Monday meeting.
Lakewood Country Club President Al Adams declined to be interviewed at this time about the project.
According to a press release by Chambers Architectural Associates, the country club’s membership gave overwhelming approval for its master plan to build the clubhouse. Construction is scheduled to begin in May with an eye for completion in June 2013, the release stated.
“Nearly 100 years old, Lakewood (Country Club) has a rich heritage,” Chambers President Rick Snellinger said in the release. “We committed from the start to help the club preserve its history while addressing features and amenities that will keep the club relevant into the next century.”
Architectural drawings show the new clubhouse will be located partly on the footprint of the existing clubhouse and slightly to the north and west. The parking lot will remain as is. The Chambers press release stated the new dining areas will emphasize views of the club’s golf course.
The country club is located on Bradley Road.