By: Laura Wetherbee
Legoland’s recent proposal to build one of their theme parks in Orange County, NY could boost the economy in the surrounding areas.
According to recordonline.com, the Town of Goshen’s planning board has been working on its draft document on the proposed Legoland theme park that may be headed to their town.
The amusement park hopes to be located along a number of land parcels off Exit 125 of Route 17, according to reports from both The Middletown Times-Herald Record and MidHudson News.
If the proposal goes through and all necessary steps are taken, the theme park will add another tourist destination in Orange County, which already has West Point and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets.
Some local residents are opposed to the project due to concerns about the size of the company and the impact it may have on the community. According to abc7ny.com, residents said the project is too big for the small town and would be a strain on the water, sewer and emergency services.
Some people are also troubled because Legoland is asking for 30 years of tax breaks in exchange for roughly $108 million in payments to Goshen schools and to Orange County.
However, there has been a great amount of support for the Legoland theme park to come to Goshen, with many people claiming the local economy will benefit and grow.
“When you increase people visiting your county, everybody benefits, the gas stations, the restaurants, the convenience stores, the hotel,” said Orange County State Senator John Bonacic in the article “Legoland Developers Host Open House in Goshen for New Theme Park in Orange County,” written by Marcus Solis of anc7ny.com.
Goshen Town Board Member Melissa Gallo has objectively approached Legoland’s proposal to build in Goshen, saying: “we all have a vested interest in protecting our community and the future of our Town and Village.”
Gallo explained how she would like to see less for-rent signs on windows in Goshen and wants the local businesses to thrive more.
According to recordinline.com, Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus released a statement regarding the Legoland proposal, and said he has been working with Legoland for months to bring them to Orange County. He explained that if they do decide to come to Orange County it would be “good for them and great for us.”
Legoland theme parks, based on the popular plastic construction toy, are located in California and Florida. International Legoland parks locations are in Denmark, England, Germany, Malaysia and Dubai.
If the Legoland proposal goes through, the Goshen theme park would mimic the park in Florida, which includes both a water park and a hotel.
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