GOSHEN, N.Y. – It's official: Legoland New York will be built in Goshen and hopes to open its doors by 2020, according to Merlin Entertainments CEO Nick Varney.
After more than a year of public meetings and hearings, the $500 million theme park has been granted conditional approval of its site plan by the Town of Goshen Planning Board, allowing it to officially move ahead with construction.
Varney made the announcement at the Palacio Catering and Conference Center in Goshen in front of 30,000 Lego bricks and more than 200 visitors.
“We are humbled to join the Goshen community,” Varney said. “I can pledge to you that Legoland New York will be a trusted and valued member of this community. I am thrilled that Goshen is the place where we will build our third Legoland Park in the U.S. – the first in the Northeast. I am eager to continue with our $350 million investment with significant more investments to follow in the years to come, providing Goshen, Orange County, the Hudson Valley and New York State with significant economic benefits.”
The Park’s design will build upon the successful models of parks operating in California, Florida, the United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia, Denmark, Dubai and Japan.
Legoland New York anticipates generating $283 million in sales tax and hotel occupancy tax for Orange County over the period of 30 years. The Town of Goshen would receive about $71 million in revenue from the host community fee and its share of PILOT payments and tax payments.
The park will be open between April 1 and Nov. 1 each year.
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