Prospective West End Golf property developer advertising ’60 par course’ to sell units

The developer that has an active rezoning application and plans for a 487-unit development that will wipe out the 75-acre West End golf course site, is touting access to the now defunct course as a benefit of buying a home at Tara West End.
According to the link to the Tara West End located at 12528 NW 7th Place across from Tioga Town Center the townhouse community is described as “For the golf enthusiast, Tara West End is adjacent to The West End Golf Course, a 60 par course built by John O’Connor, which is open from 7am – 12am, offering night golf.”
As far back as June 16th, development plans for the golf course parcels were outlined by JBrown Professional Group on behalf of Developer Sayed Moukhtara who is also the developer of Tara West End. In that meeting with the Alachua County Planning staff, the concept of “Tara Club West End” includes 40, 50, and 60-foot wide residential lots, a 20-foot wide single family townhouse lot and multi-family residential building plus commercial space and an 80-room hotel was presented.
Since then, JBrown and Moukhtara have submitted a rezoning application and moved forward by holding on July 23rd a required “Neighborhood Workshop,” that drew more than 300 comments and a hundred viewers all in opposition of a rezoning change that would change the existing Planned Development, Land Use Recreation to  Proposed Land Use Low Density Residential 1-4 and Single Family Residential 1-4.

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This week, the required bright orange sign has been placed in front of the West End Golf course property announcing that Alachua County has received a request for “Land Use or Zoning Action.”
That sign sits about 500 feet from the Tara West End development that promises future buyers that they will be living golf-course adjacent. Villages of West End home owners continue to plan to fight the rezoning according to and resident David Mitchell who said that Mouktara met with him and promised to drop the hotel off of the development plans because of the comments from the neighborhood workshop.
Mitchell said he finds it interesting that the same developer who is selling the idea of a golf course is also planning to build over the course. 
“If he’s selling that property with that information, knowing that he’s going to do away with that golf course, I think there is a problem there,” he said.
Mitchell knows exactly how it feels to pay a premium price to buy a home adjacent to a golf course that he planned to play on and then later find out that someone has the ability to change that.

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