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Local Name:
Legoland New York
Budget:
500M
Announced:
14 Jun 2016
Construction Start:
Opening:
2019
Location:
New York, USA
Area:
62 ha
  1. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    The Goshen Town Board has approved crucial zoning changes to allow the Legoland New York project to proceed. The zoning changes modify the town’s comprehensive plan to allow commercial development on the site of the planned theme park. The next step is Legoland has to go back to the Planning Board, which would then work toward site plan approval and permits.

    Sources: https://twitter.com/RichardBayne845/status/908535229605871616 and http://www.recordonline.com/news/20170910/goshen-board-to-consider-proposed-legoland-zoning-changes


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    Update:

    The proposed $500 million Legoland New York theme park took another step forward Thursday when the town planning board voted its OK of a local law that would permit what the town is calling a “commercial recreation facility” on the site where Legoland’s developer wants to build. The vote was 5-0 with one planning board member, Diana Lupinski, recusing herself.
    Bergus said the Findings Statement could be ready as soon as Aug. 17. That Findings Statement would list any measures Legoland must take to mitigate any potential negative effects identified in the environmental review process. Once the town board finishes its work, the focus would shift back to the planning board, which would then move toward site plan approval and permits. Pending approvals, Merlin would like to start construction this year and open the park in 2019.

    Source: http://www.recordonline.com/news/20170803/goshen-planning-board-oks-zoning-for-legoland-theme-park

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    More meetings and votes this week bring it closer to reality but not without local residents opposing the plans still

    GOSHEN – The proposed $500 million Legoland New York theme park cleared a key hurdle Thursday when the town Planning Board voted 5-1 to accept the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement.
    About 200 people packed Orange County’s Emergency Services Center’s auditorium for Thursday’s session, which was not a public hearing. Still, opponents booed and laughed when board members cited portions of the FEIS that said traffic would not be impacted, given Legoland’s proposed highway improvements, and water supplies would be adequate.
    Source: http://www.recordonline.com/news/20170720/legoland-proposal-reaches-next-level-as-goshen-planners-accept-feis

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    A video showing the area the park is planned to be built from the "Stop LEGOLAND" group on youtube.






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    Update:

    GOSHEN, N.Y. (May 15, 2017) – LEGOLAND® New York officials expressed gratitude following the Town of Goshen’s board meeting on May 15, where the board approved the enhanced Community Host Benefit Agreement in a 4-1 vote.

    “We want to express our deepest thanks to the members of the board who voted to approve this Community Host Benefit Agreement,” said Phil Royle, LEGOLAND New York’s head of project & community relations. “We are humbled and appreciative of the board’s recognition of our commitment to bring tremendous financial benefits to Goshen and greater Orange County. We are equally committed to being a very positive and active neighbor in the community. We look forward to the next steps in this transparent review process, which is to discuss the FEIS.”
    The Host Community Benefit Agreement will take effect if the Town Board votes to pass a local law modifying the zoning to allow the LEGOLAND project.
    Source: https://www.facebook.com/LEGOLANDNewYork/photos/a.228161477577044.1073741828.218564755203383/414812788911911/?type=3

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    New additions to the theme park proposal are trying to win around those opposed to the plan.







    Source: http://wamc.org/post/legoland-new-york-adds-community-benefits-goshen-proposal

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    New additions to the theme park proposal are trying to win around those opposed to the plan.

    “Some additional things that were recently discussed and is in front of the town board in the very near future is adding two community days where 50 percent of the revenue from the sale of tickets to the park would go to the Town of Goshen. That’s something that will be part of the proposed agreement, and also a 50 percent discount on one-day tickets to Legoland for Goshen residents,” Sommers says. “There’s also been an advance of when the Town of Goshen would be paid the minimum of $500,000 for the community fee, and that would happen at the beginning of each calendar year and with the balance depending on actual attendance.”
    Sommers says that over 30 years, the Town of Goshen is anticipated to receive about $71 million in revenue from the host community fee, PILOT, or payment in lieu of taxes, payments and tax payments.
    Meanwhile, the town board still has to vote on two proposed laws to make the proposed theme park viable. One is a proposed law amending the zoning code to create a commercial recreation overlay zoning district to allow a commercial recreation facility. The second is a proposed law to amend the comprehensive plan to allow for commercial/tourism recreation uses in certain areas.
    Source: http://wamc.org/post/legoland-new-york-adds-community-benefits-goshen-proposal

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    Legoland will host 3 breakfast events to allow the members of Orange County Chamber of Commerce to learn more about the proposed theme park project in Goshen.

    The dates are Tuesday, April 11, Wednesday, May 4, and Thursday, June 15, from 7:45 to 9 a.m. The event is free.
    The Chamber and the team of LEGOLAND New York wants the community to learn more about the project and where they are in the process.

    Source: http://www.chroniclenewspaper.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20170411/NEWS01/170419990/Orange-County-Chamber-LEGOLAND-hosting-information-breakfasts

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    After asking for a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes plan, the developer of the proposed Legoland New York theme park offered a host community fee to be paid to the Town of Goshen over 30 years. Merlin estimates the host fee will generate about $1.3 million a year for the town, totalling $52 million in 30 years.
    But opponents are not sold on the idea.The Goshen Town Board discussed the host fee at its last meeting and has not yet set a date for voting on the agreement.

    Source: http://www.chroniclenewspaper.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20170403/NEWS01/170409986/0/experts01/Goshen-considers-proposed-Legoland-host-fee

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    Merlin Entertainments' tax and employment projections for Legoland are realistic. That's the verdict of a recently published independent financial review commissioned by the Orange County Industrial Development Agency. A new Lego-themed park in Goshen would generate average annual sales tax revenue of $1.3 million for the town and $9.4 million for Orange County over the next 30 years, according to accounting firm KPMG's report.
    The Orange County IDA may eventually use the study to decide whether to grant Merlin breaks on sales, property and mortgage-recording taxes on the $500 million project. But that IDA vote wouldn't come until after the state finishes an environmental review and the town rezones the proposed site for commercial development and waives its ordinance against theme parks.
    Source: http://www.recordonline.com/news/20170311/orange-county-idas-independent-review-legolands-projections-realistic

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