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Debate Continues Over Legoland’s Traffic, Water Impacts

A map of the proposed Legoland site and the area’s watershed boundaries. (photo provided)

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A map of the proposed Legoland site and the area’s watershed boundaries. (photo provided)

By Eugenia Moskowitz

Legoland is moving closer to a reality in Goshen. But how will the amusement park impact Chester, Washingtonville, New Windsor, and the surroundings areas?

Goshen’s village board voted to provide water and sewer services to Legoland on Aug. 8. In return, Legoland will pay about $900,000 annually for the services, as well as for the development of a new well on village-owned land in the Town of Wallkill. The park would likely use about 236,000 gallons daily.

Merlin Entertainments has plans to build a Legoland theme park and 250-room hotel in Goshen on 153 acres of land. The hotel would be closed in the winter. The site, which is part of a 523-acre parcel, is located off Route 17 between Arcadia and Reservoir roads. The price tag on the project – $500 million.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus believes the project will be a boon for the local economy. However, some residents are concerned about environmental, traffic, and other impacts.

“Should this mega theme park be built here, in a preserved area of Goshen with scenic byways, a vital watershed, and quiet semi-rural quality of life?” asked Goshen resident Patrick Cuddy, a regional sales manager for a manufacturing company and spokesperson for a group opposed to Legoland called STOP Legoland.

Goshen’s planning board requested an Environmental Impact Statement to examine if the project would have adverse environmental ramifications. The next planning board meeting is Aug. 18. Legoland reportedly will set up a location in Goshen later this summer where area residents can voice their concerns.

To read the full article see the Friday, Aug. 12 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post. 

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