Entrance to StoneRidge Country Club
Entrance to StoneRidge Country Club

The StoneRidge Country Club was permanently closed Wednesday after a proposed 180-unit condominium development was rejected by Poway voters.

Club owner Michael Schlesinger had previously said he would close the facility if Measure A failed because it has lost money for years.

“This is a sad day for us. Today, our employees lost jobs they have enjoyed for over 20 years and Poway just lost 60 years of history,” the club said in a statement on its website.

“We envisioned the passage of Measure A as the first step towards a permanent solution that would keep StoneRidge open,” the statement continued. “Unfortunately, the people of Poway have decided to permanently seal its fate. ”

Measure A was defeated 62 percent to 38 percent on Tuesday, according to unofficial figures released by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

The proposal would have amended the city’s general plan to rezone up to 25 acres of the country club from an “open space-recreation” designation to “residential condominium.”

That could have cleared the way later for the development of up to 180 luxury condominiums for residents over 55 years old. The specifics of the project would have been decided by the City Council.

Supporters contended the measure would have protected open space and an 18-hole golf course while providing a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse open to the public.

Campaigning mostly via social media, opponents said golf course owner Schlesinger shouldn’t be trusted, based on his track record in other cities.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.