Haverstraw Backs Out of Legoland Proposal

Haverstraw Supervisor Howard Phillips announced on Thursday that the town is backing out of the Legoland water park proposal. Following several public meetings and residents expressing opposition to the potential project, the town board made the decision to withdraw their proposal, which would have brought the $250 million theme park to 175-acres of the abandoned Letchworth Village site in Thiells. Supporters of the park stated it would have brought a tax ratable and jobs to the community, while other believed the small roads surrounding the mostly residential area would not be able to handle the traffic the estimated two million visitors would bring. The company in charge of Legoland stated in response to the town’s withdrawal that they still consider Haverstraw as a good location for the park, but will most likely be looking at their second option in Virginia for a site. According to Phillips the board listened to residents when they attended last week’s board meeting, the majority sharing their fears regarding the proposal. The supervisor stated in his press release, “We don’t want to divide the community. It was obvious from meetings people are very upset.” The town will not be able to use the state grant of $3.1 million awarded to put towards the development of the project.

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