I am a 25 year plus member of a local Zoning Board of Appeals. My experience has me questioning why Merlin purchased this particular parcel, has invested in a Legoland storefront, open houses, parties, tours and even completed a very rudimentary DEIS, when they knew the land was NOT zoned for amusement parks? In fact, the land is zoned Residential. Not only would a zone change be required, but a local law would also have to be changed that currently prohibits amusement parks. Most companies/individuals would have made sure the purchase they were making allowed for amusement parks before the sale was finalized.
I have seen potential sales fall through because the buyer did not want to risk investing in a project where the land was not zoned for what the buyer intended to do with the property. The fact that Legoland has proceeded with all deliberate speed; that the Town of Goshen Boards have quickly pushed this project through; and that NY State has contributed seven plus million dollars causes me great pause. I have concerns that Legoland, NY State and the Town of Goshen know something the rest of us are about to learn. Maybe these public hearings and comment periods are just a municipality going through the required motions. It certainly has me questioning whether the decision to change the zoning and a local law has been made before this development was shared with the public. Otherwise, please Legloland and the Town of Goshen, explain to me why a company that is very interested in making money would take such a huge financial risk? Without the zone change and the change in local law, Legoland has just spent a lot of money needlessly.
MARY ANN MCDONOUGH