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Charlie Degliomini has a vision. He sees the five-star Montreign Casino ready to open with the glittering 332-room Adelaar Hotel at its side.
He sees the Championship Monster Golf Course redesigned, elevated and ready to host spectacular events.
Over at the former Concord Ski Hill, there are guests getting ready to enjoy a day of tubing down the hill on a cold winter’s day.
He sees families shopping and enjoying themselves at the Entertainment Village.
And while the view from Joyland Rd. might not give the appearance that progress is being made, Degliomini said all systems are go and work is proceeding on schedule for a March 2018 Montreign Casino Grand Opening.
Six months later Entertainment Village will host its Grand Opening.
How It’s Happening
“This was a challenging site [to build on],” he said. “It was an engineering challenge but we have some of the best people in the business on it.”
With EPR as the landlord, Empire Resorts is building everything but the indoor waterpark.
The first step was excavating a huge hole so Empire Resorts could build its 1.4 million square foot, four-story underground parking garage. Concrete walls are already in place and Degliomini said on any given day 500 workers can be seen working on site.
Once complete, the 1,480-space parking garage will act as the foundation for the 90,000 square-foot casino and 332-room hotel.
“We went five diamond,” Degliomini said. “We invested $150 million more into the project than we had to. This will provide for an unparalleled experience. It will be much different, much better than Atlantic City.”
Once complete, the casino will have some high-end restaurants, including Impero Steak by Scott Conant—an elegant and modern Italian steakhouse. A CIA grad and world-renowned chef, Conant will compliment the feel of the resort.
“No buffets, no old school,” Degliomini said. “There will be different kinds of food offerings including a high-end Asian restaurant.”
“We had to think about the four seasons,” Degliomini said. “We have all different program elements to make it worthwhile and an attraction for tourists year-round.
“We are building a whole resort destination which will add four million new visitations to Sullivan County every year,” he said. “This is a project of regional significance, one of the biggest happening in New York State.”
How is the project helping Sullivan?
“There is a lot of opportunity for locals,” Charlie Degliomini, Executive Vice President of Empire Resorts, says about the $1.1 billion building project currently going on in Kiamesha Lake. “But we can’t pay a premium for local.” From local businesses like A. Alport and Sons and Kristt Company, Degliomini said Empire is delighted with their service… and competitive pricing. And the project also afforded Monticello engineer J.J. Pavese the opportunity to work close to home.