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LEGOLAND PROGRESSING IN GOSHEN, NY

By TEMPLE LI

Plans to build a LEGOLAND amusement park in Goshen continue to move forward. A big hurdle was overcome when the Village of Goshen concluded that there is sufficient water and sewer capacity for the proposed park.

The Village hired an independent engineer to conduct a water and sewer system analysis. The report found that the water and sewer systems can indeed sufficiently serve the anticipated usage of both Village residents and projected LEGOLAND guests. Under a preliminary agreement between the Village and Merlin Entertainments, the company that has proposed the LEGOLAND project, Merlin will fund the development of an additional well on property that is located in the Town of Walkill but owned by Goshen. Furthermore, LEGOLAND will pay the Village of Goshen approximately $900,000 per year for water and sewer service; this is but one of many ways that LEGOLAND will serve as a revenue-booster for the Village.

“We are very pleased that the Village of Goshen has confirmed its availability and willingness to supply water and sewer service, which is crucial to the LEGOLAND New York project,” said Phil Royle, Head of Community and Project Relations for LEGOLAND New York. “This provides important infrastructure needs for us to move forward.”

Village of Goshen Mayor Kyle Roddy expressed his support of the project as it continues to proceed. “I strongly support this preliminary agreement between the Village Board and Merlin…[It] achieves all the objectives outlined by the Village Board at the onset of these negotiations. It maintains sufficient water and sewer capacity for current users and future Village growth while providing a financial benefit to Village ratepayers.”

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