By Fred Stabbert III
Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes sat back in his seat last Wednesday night, looking his...
“We couldn’t lose [a building season], we couldn’t stop,” Tim Lies, EPR Properties Project Manager, said, regarding the nearly $40 million of construction work that is commencing at the site of the future Montreign Casino.
EPR is working on installing roadways, and water and sewer utilities so that when the official casino gaming license is finally issued, Montreign can begin work on their $1 billion project without delay.
“This place is going to look a lot different in a year,” Project Manager Paul Roggeman said Tuesday afternoon from Adelaar’s “war room” at the Concord Monster Clubhouse.
“We are busy on Phase 1 of the infrastructure project,” Roggeman said. “We are building a traffic circle at exit 106 off the quickway which will lead to an entry road.
“The entry road will weave its way 8,000 feet thorough EPR’s property to join up with Joyland Road. It will be a boulevard with islands in the middle and treelined all the way,” Roggeman, who is excited about the beauty of the area, said.
Roggeman describes trees along the road which will stand out as visitors make their way to the long-awaited casino when it is finished.
He said the one-year build out on the roads, water and sewer will definitely put the Montreign project ahead of schedule.
Lies said the plans call for asphalt to be laid down in the fall.
“It was a long time coming and it is very exciting,” Lies said. “This will change people’s perception of the
Catskills. In addition to the casino a waterpark and entertainment village will be built on the property.”
“It’s just tremendous, the progress is amazing and the enthusiasm is great,” Sullivan County Visitors Assn. President and CEO Roberta Byron Lockwood said. “The excitement is really starting to build and all the trade groups are thrilled to hear about it.”
Sullivan is busy
Montreign is owned and operated by Empire Resorts, Inc. and is located in the Town of Thompson, Sullivan County’s busiest town. The resort is proposed to create approximately 3,100 construction jobs during its buildout over the next two years and the gaming facility, named Adelaar, is proposed to add about 2,200 jobs to the workforce, making it Sullivan County’s largest employer.
Montreign will be fully-operational within two years after the granting of a casino license by the state, which is expected to come sometime this summer.
Montreign’s partner, EPR Properties, has already begun $40 million in infrastructure work. Once the gaming license is granted, hundreds of millions of dollars in additional construction is expected to occur.
Groundbreaking for Z Living / Veria
An official groundbreaking on the Z Living / Veria Nature Cure and Ayurvedic Wellness Center is happening this Sunday, June 21 at 11 a.m. on the banks of Bailey Lake, near Monticello. The project, which was originally set for the former site of the famed Kutsher’s Country Club, has been moved on the 1,300 acre property to Bailey Lake, a pristine setting off Anawana Lake Rd.
The 260,000 square foot, 125-room health resort is expected to be open in approximately a year.
As both projects move forward through the building phase, Sullivan County’s many agencies are working together to help set up training for new employees so they can be ready to enter the workforce.