Stop Legoland Goshen Pushes Back

Push back has begun on the Legoland NY Project in Goshen. A grassroots effort called “Stop Legoland Goshen” has formed to halt the theme park from moving ahead. Debra Corr, a spokeswoman for the group said they are concerned about “the serious impact that a 170-acre amusement park will have on our community.” Merlin Entertainment, the parent company to Legoland Amusement Parks, presented the plan to the Goshen Town Board and residents of the community on Tuesday night. It is projected that over 2M visitors each year will use the park. One of the main concerns is the traffic problem. Those visitors would be using the NY Thruway, Route 17 and local roads. Stop Legoland Goshen is concerned about traffic congestion, noise and air pollution. Another issue brought up at the meeting by Goshen Town Supervisor Douglas Bloomfield who is also the commissioner of water and sewer was that the lands Merlin is considering operate with well water and that would not be enough for the venue. Bloomfield said an outside water source would be needed. Corr noted that the group is concerned about tapping limited water resources and adding stress to Goshen’s sewer system that would threaten their way of life. Other issues concern elderly at Glen Arden Assisted Living and students at BOCES who would have trouble moving around such a crowded area and finally they feel property values would decrease with such a large venue nearby. Corr said the group hopes to convince the Goshen Town board “to oppose this harmful development proposal and ask Legoland to leave Orange County and go elsewhere.” Corr said that if the project moves forward into the permitting phase the group would consider legal action. This is not the first time a community has asked Legoland to look elsewhere. Originally, the first choice was Haverstraw, but community push back caused the company to look for another location.

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