LEGOLAND is not KJ Alternative, in fact the opposite is true.
May 28, 2017
We won the right to vote
April 19, 2018
Goshen is not the first to say NO to Legoland
October 15, 2015
We are not the first community to say NO to the Massively out of Scale Legoland North East Mega Amusment Park.
In 2015 The Public Officials of Haverstraw actually LISTENED to the residents and their concerns and dismissed a massively large out of scale project. Lee Bergus and Doug Bloomfield Should do the same, before Orange County's water problems get worse.
There is no quanitifable benefit to the residents who will be held hostage by this Development. The ones who will benefit are the Business Brokers with Orange County Partnership. The ones who live near the site will suffer the most.
This is a real photo of the traffic backedup to Legoland Windsor. Legoland Windsor is actually more similar to our area than Legoland Florida or Legoland California.
Is this a Peak into Goshen's Future?
Article by Rober Brum from 2015 Below with link.
HAVERSTRAW After weeks of hearing from residents angered over a proposal to put a Legoland, water park and hotel on its land at the former Letchworth Village property in Thiells, the Haverstraw Town Board has dropped its interest in the ambitious plan.
Supervisor Howard Phillips sent out a press release Thursday stating: "after hearing the concerns of our residents, we have decided to withdraw our consideration of the Legoland project. While we will continue our efforts to bring new projects to our town in order to provide quality of life amenities and help defray rising costs associated with living in Rockland County, it should never come at the cost of creating hardship or stress for our residents and divide our community."
Reached later by phone, Phillips added: "We don't want to divide the community. It was obvious from the meetings people are very upset. We've always had their support, they've always asked us to look out for their concerns … we're going to pass on the offer."
The board's decision comes two days after residents packed a town hall meeting, with speakers demanding answers from officials who said they were bound by confidentiality agreements with the developer. Word that board members had flown to Florida and California to check out their Legoland parks turned up the volume on neighbors' anxiety.
Opponents voiced their displeasure via an online petition, on Facebook and face-to-face with officials about the park, which would have attracted an estimated 2 million visitors annually,
Bill McGuire, who lives on Willow Grove Road near the proposed 175-acre site, called Thursday's development "great news."
"It's great to see the the board took all of our concerns to heart. And I thank them for that," McGuire said. "I hope to continue an open communication with the town to possibly set up a citizen group and come up with a beneficial use for the land. We've came together as a community and voiced our concerns for this project, and it was a great feeling to be a part of that."
George Potanovic, a leader of the Stony Point Action Committee for the Environment, commended the Town Board for its decision.
"This was example of democracy in action," Potanovic said. "Residents came out and expressed their concerns to the board and did it in a civil manner and this is the way democracy is supposed to work."
But Rockland Business Association President and CEO Al Samuels said the collapse followed a familiar pattern.
"I see this as more than just a missed opportunity and a failure of leadership," Samuels said. "I see this as a potential death knell for the economic development of North Rockland with spillover to the entire county. The recent history of Rockland County relative to major economic development initiatives does not send a positive message to people looking to locate to our area."
Samuels said derailing the theme park before the public had an opportunity to hear directly from the developer sent a negative message.
Samuels and other supporters had touted the benefits the complex would bring to economically stressed North Rockland, while opponents had said Legoland's traffic, water and sewer demands would overwhelm their community.
When the town was awarded a $3.1 million state grant for the proposal in December, Phillips had voiced optimism, saying, "We still have to work out many details ... But this is an excellent and exciting beginning." With the project scuttled, officials said, that state money won't be disbursed to the town.
Merlin Entertainments, the company behind the project, said Thursday it was still interested in building a third Legoland in North America.
"We continue to believe Haverstraw would be a viable option for the theme park that focuses on families with young children and would benefit the community by providing more than 1,000 new jobs, increasing tourism and generating significant financial benefits for the area," the company said in a statement.
"Our studies show the flow of traffic would not only be manageable, but arguably an improvement for the community as a result of upgrades provided from the project."