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FASNY Says Its White Plains Property 'Not For Sale'

In a letter to a potential buyer, FASNY states that it is not for sale and has no intention of selling in the future.
In a letter to a potential buyer, FASNY states that it is not for sale and has no intention of selling in the future. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Despite news reports and other public comments, the French-American School of New York (FASNY) has emphatically told the author of an unsolicited alleged offer to buy the former Ridgeway Country Club that the 131-acre property is not for sale and that it intends to build a school on the site once the current litigation is resolved.

In a letter to Karl Hofer, of International Hospitality Management Worldwide, John Botti, FASNY board of trustees member and chair of the school’s facilities committee said: “Our new home is not for sale and that the school had no interest in pursuing the purported offer letter.”

Mailed earlier this week, and copied to White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, the letter indicates that school representatives had already responded to Hofer multiple times and the letter would be the school’s final response.

It further asks Hofer, whose company is in Rye Brook, to “stop misleading the news media and our shared community” by stating that the school had not returned calls and from making other misleading public comments regarding the property and the school.

The letter points out that the real estate agent representing Hofer, Garry Klein, is a vocal opponent of FASNY, a resident of the Gedney Farm neighborhood where the FASNY property is situated, and a member of the board of the Gedney Neighborhood Association, which has vehemently opposed FASNY since it acquired the bankrupt country club nearly five years ago. Click here to read related article.

“Choosing a broker who is one of the school’s most vocal opponents” suggests that Hofer’s purported interest is neither “legitimate nor sincere." the letter stated.

Hofer reportedly spent months claiming he was going to make a viable offer to the Ridgeway Country Club to buy the property in 2010, but never produced a buyer or funds. FASNY thereafter acquired the site. The letter concludes by noting that there are 32 golf clubs in the nearby area that Hofer might consider pursing. “We, however, are not interested in selling," the letter said.

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