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  1. HazelJune is online now themeparX Top Investigator
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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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    Update on the proposed Legoland project in Goshen.

    The developer behind the proposed $500 million Legoland theme park has scaled back its request for a 30-year tax break to a 20-year deal, increasing Legoland's projected payments to $87 million over 30 years instead of $61 million.
    Merlin announced its decision late Wednesday via a news release. In a statement, Phil Royle, Merlin's head of community relations for its proposed Legoland New York, said, "While we believe our initial proposal of a 30-year PILOT would have generated tremendous economic benefits to the Town of Goshen, the Goshen School District and Orange County, we respect public feedback and are modifying our request to a 20-year agreement."

    Source: www.recordonline.com/news/20170301/updated-tax-break-request-for-legoland-scaled-back

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    The negativity about building this park in Goshen continues. Citizens are concerned about the water supply.

    The resistance against Legoland New York coming to Goshen continues, even as a court ruling knocked down as "premature" a legal effort to stop it.
    The opponents say Legoland will destroy their fragile water system — and that once the water is gone, the town will follow.

    Source: http://www.chroniclenewspaper.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20170201/NEWS01/170209978/0/experts14/Resistance-against-Legoland-continues

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    There is still a lot of negativity about building this park in its current location. There will be a lot of work needed to deal with the additional traffic on the local roads and other infrastructure.



    Based on similar-sized parks, between 1.5 and 2.5 million annual visitors are anticipated, according to the DEIS. Expected peak daily traffic is from 4,500 to 5,000 vehicles entering the park over the course of the day, with about 1,500 entering vehicles at peak hour.
    Source: http://www.chroniclenewspaper.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20161207/NEWS01/161209953/0/EXPERTS01/How-will-Legoland-affect-traffic?

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    A full-scale Sea Life Aquarium adjacent to the Legoland theme park is planned as shown in the layout:



    Source: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2095203-legoland-consultants-deliver-preliminary-details-to-goshen-planning-board/

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    Cale Heit, executive vice president of Forrec, the entertainment design company currently working to design Legoland New York, recently spoke to Attractions Management magazine about Legoland New York:

    We’re working with Merlin on the masterplan right now. We’re going to take the best from the other parks, put it together and then add more to it as the new park comes to life.
    One thing very unique for a Lego park is the property is very hilly. It’s a really beautiful green environment and we’re utilising the hills as an opportunity to help engage guests as they walk through. The topography of the area to pulls people through the park, incorporating it into the story and the theming.
    The project has faced some obstacles but we’re using those challenges as opportunity. The site itself is quite large, so we’re using the trees to frame the park to try and mitigate any impact on the neighbours, while simultaneously making sure it's a very beautiful green space.
    More quotes from Cale Heit are available over at the source: http://www.attractionsmanagement.com/detail.cfm?pagetype=detail&subject=news&codeID=328689

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    Here's the video for the proposed park


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    First conceptual artwork for Legoland New York has been unveiled at the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 in Orlando:



    Source: https://twitter.com/coastertouring/status/798588873257390080

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    Legoland would be classified in the smallest category of theme park: a family/children's park; even though, it would consist of a Legoland, Legoland Resort, and Sea Life Aquarium.
    Legoland has not yet gained local approvals from Town of Goshen officials although water and sewer use accommodations have been worked out with the Village of Goshen.
    Source: http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2016/October/07/Legoland-07Oct16.html

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    Goshen board completes draft study on Legoland

    Merlin Entertainments, must respond to all questions raised in the report
    such as elaborating on how the water supply would be administered.

    Legoland New York would be geared toward children 2-12 and their families. Besides about 50 rides, shows and attractions and an aquarium, plans also call for a 250-room hotel.
    Read the full article at the source: http://recordonline.com/article/20160818/NEWS/160819403

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