Statement on FLCC
September 26, 2020
Bloomfield Township Trustee Dani Walsh Statement
on Forest Lake Country Club
Opposed to Development of 93-120 Home Development at FLCC
Bloomfield Township— September 26, 2020 — Today, Bloomfield Township Trustee Dani Walsh formally announced her opposition to the proposed sale of Forest Lake Country Club expected to be voted on by its membership on September 29, 2020.
“The protection of natural resources, green spaces, parks and trails is a growing concern throughout the United States, and especially right here in Bloomfield Township. In addition to the beauty green spaces like Forest Lake Country Club provide, with the advent of Covid-19, our residents have increased their usage of these recreational areas to interact safely in the outdoors.
I was made aware of the proposed sale of Forest Lake Country Club two weeks ago. Although no specific plans have been presented to the Board of Trustees, I did see multiple suggested plans ranging from 93 to 120 homes that was shared informally with the community. The loss of this beautiful gem would be a detriment to Bloomfield Township, and with the proposed massive over development it may also be a detriment to the environment.
As a Trustee I have championed protecting our green spaces in Bloomfield Township. In addition to protecting the EL Johnson Nature Center from development in 2017, I also worked with the Bloomfield Hills School District and the Director of Bowers School Farm to create Winter Park in 2018, and worked with the Director of the Farm again in 2020 to give our community additional access to the farm by creating a membership program. For decades, elected officials rejected opportunities to protect green space and create recreational areas. I am pleased to see that many of the neighbors share the passion for green space, outdoor activities, and building relationships within our community. Bloomfield Township is filled with a brain trust of brilliant residents and resources that want to be a part of the solution, but they have been ignored. As the Supervisor, opportunities where we can work together to protect or create recreational areas for the community like FLCC would be a welcome discussion. Having a place with a lake, a banquet facility, sports courts, and open land already available would be worth researching. Working with recreational land grants, developing partnerships, finding investors or even corporate sponsors, are just a few of the many ideas that could be considered.
I would urge the board and membership of Forest Lake Country Club to work with the community to consider some alternative options to this sale for over development. There are interested parties in the neighborhood that want to come together and find a way to save Forest Lake Country Club. I hope that all those opportunities will be explored.”