Neenah considers apartment complex on former Bridgewood Golf Course

NEENAH – Developer Tom Vandeyacht intends to build a $22 million apartment complex on the former nine-hole Bridgewood Golf Course that closed in 2019.

The project would require the city to pay $3.16 million to Vandeyacht, operating as Bridgewood Luxury Apartments, over 15 years to assist with the development.

It also would require the city to build a bridge over the Neenah Slough — known as Neenah Creek within city limits — off Jewelers Park Drive to serve as the primary access to the development and to build a new trail along the south edge of the property between the Jewelers Park Drive Trail and the Harrison Street Trail.

The city’s cost is estimated at $500,000 for the bridge and $150,000 for the trail.

The proposed development agreement will be considered by the Finance Committee this week and could reach the Common Council next week.

Vandeyacht’s development would consist of 268 apartments: one 60-unit building along Harrison Street and 26 eight-unit buildings. Each apartment in the eight-unit buildings would have an attached garage and private driveway.

Chris Haese

Chris Haese, Neenah’s director of community development and assessment, said the apartments would be a good fit for the golf course property.

“In terms of floor plans and amenities, they are on the higher end of the rental spectrum compared to some of the other units that are being constructed in the Fox Cities,” Haese said.

Vandeyacht previously developed two other apartment complexes in Neenah: the 184-unit Pendleton Park on the city’s west side and the 53-unit Cobblestone Creek Townhomes on Winneconne Avenue.

“The lease-up rates are very good, so clearly there’s still demand for the units we’re seeing,” Haese said.

Pendleton Park, a 184-unit apartment complex on Neenah's west side, represents the work of developer Tom Vandeyacht.

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Bridgewood Golf Course closed in 2019 due to competition and unpredictable weather and was put on the market for redevelopment.

In March 2021, Bridgewood Golf Course owner Rich Batley said he was working with a potential buyer to build a retirement community on the property, but that project never materialized.