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While Sullivan County patiently awaits some of its mega-building projects to break ground, Leo Castillo has been adding to the tax base and employment scene very steadily during the last three years.
“We do summer homes in residential large developments for the Orthodox communities,” Castillo, who owns LC Construction and Sons in South Fallsburg, said. “We have built in Fallsburg, Monticello, Liberty and White Lake as well as many parts of Ulster County.
“Depending on the project I employ 25-30 people, not counting subcontractors,” he said. “I have good guys working for me and we work very well with the developers [of each project].
“We come in, clear the woods, knock down old bungalow colonies, install utilities and build roads,” he said.
And then the ‘real’ work starts. From excavating, to masonry, to stick building the residences, can take nearly a year to complete. And the economic impact on the community is immense.
“Our last development will generate nearly $250,000 a year in taxes on 30 acres,” he said. Castillo said his company has just come off constructing three large developments, namely:
“The last three years have been getting busier and busier,” he said.
Castillo points to his two brothers, Louis and Lance, and sister Lakin with helping him along the way.
“Louis and Lance are my right hand men in the field,” he said. “And Lakin helps me in the office.”
Castillo said the ripple effect from his projects are felt far and wide.