The Castlewood Country Club, after members voted to reject a takeover by the Bay Club, is moving ahead with plans to remodel its clubhouse and pool area to enhance the facilities and bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In a May 22 email to members, the board laid out the next steps:
"We are in the process of forming various new Committees, all member driven, to facilitate the design, financing and construction of the ADA+Remodel plan as well as implementing the new Membership and Marketing programs. We will share these ideas with you very soon and will be reaching out to ask Members, with the necessary expertise, to join these Committees to ensure that we remodel our Clubhouse and other facilities in the best way possible to help attract and retain Members."
The board had recommended the Bay Club option, which was decisively defeated 250-213 this month.
In earlier meetings and communications with members, the Castlewood board outlined the broad plan for remodeling. The plan would update and upgrade the clubhouse by doubling the fitness area, improving child-care area, updating the dining and bar areas as well as leverage the great views from the clubhouse level.
The estimated cost is about $16 million or about $200 monthly per member for 15 to 20 years. Some clubhouse areas have been updated over the last 40-plus years, but the public areas largely remain as they were when the clubhouse opened in the 1970s.
Driving the board in this process has been the need to bring the vintage clubhouse into compliance with the ADA. Members earlier this year voted to pursue the compliance-plus-remodel option that the club is now pursuing. The other option was doing only what was necessary to achieve ADA compliance.
The board's email also includes rethinking membership and marketing programs. The club has seen a steadily 5% decline in members over the last 15 years. It's fallen from about 800 equity members to the 555 who were eligible to vote in the May election.