The third LEGOLAND park in North America could go ahead – as the $500 million received important approvals in a 4-1 vote from the town board.
The Goshen Town Board voted to approve amendments to its comprehensive plan and zoning law that allow for the project.
The votes come more than a year after Merlin Entertainments first proposed the park.
LEGOLAND New York is not without controversy – some have of Goshen’s 14,000 residents have raised concerns about traffic, the town’s resources and the environment.
The company will still need additional approvals, including its site plan.
Merlin is aiming to open the park in 2019. The 153-acre amusement park. would feature 250-room hotel and more than 50 rides, shows and attractions for children ages 2 through 12 on a 523-acre plot of undeveloped land off Route 17 in the town.
“We believe the town board’s decision is recognition of the tremendous benefits that Legoland New York will have in Goshen and the surrounding Orange County communities,” said John Ussher, senior divisional director of Legoland Development.
“We look forward to continuing this process and hope to be able to bring LEGOLAND New York to Goshen subject to the other necessary approvals being obtained,” Ussher said.