Legoland New York receives unanimous approval


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos



  • Legoland opponents seemed resigned at the planning board's unanimous vote to approve Legoland (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • The town of Goshen Planning Board (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)



By Frances Ruth Harris

— The town of Goshen planning board unanimously approved the site plan for Legoland New York.

The 6-0 approval Thursday night brings the project's review to an end after 17 months of contention and controversy. Opponents wearing their red "Stop Legoland" T-shirts made up most of the audience, and seemed resigned at the result.

The $500 million project is expected to open in 2019.

On Wednesday, the town board sued to stop a petition to force a townwide referendum on whether to sell town-owned parcels to Merlin Entertainments, Legoland's parent company. But the park will be built one way or another, town officials say, even if the town-owned parcels are ultimately removed from the site plan.

The 523-acre site off Harriman Drive consists of 15 parcels. The village board earlier agreed to supply water and sewer service for the site.

Check back for more reporting on Thursday's decision.

Related story:

"Town fights petition for Legoland referendum"

Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Winter Lights festival in Milford this weekend
By Anya Tikka
— It’s going to be a special celebration this year — the 10th anniversary of the Milford Winter...

Read more »
Image

Thanks to the 'shoe angels' for making a difference in children's lives
To the Editor:
Thank you to all you "angels" who donated new shoes and made financial donations to purchase new shoes for the 2017 Kucher's Kids Shoe Drive.
We...

Read more »
Image

Wallkill man arrested for failing to provide for dogs
— Two dogs in Wallkill were found with no food or water, and left outside in bitterly cold weather without proper shelter.
On...

Read more »
Image

Schumer urges Trump to sign fentanyl-screening bill
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is urging President Donald Trump to sign legislation that would allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection to buy portable screening equipment...
Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



* indicates required
Community Newspapers


MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Chester, NY