January 3, 2013

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Town of Thompson approves FEIS for EPR/Empire Resorts project

TOWN OF THOMPSON – The EPR/Empire Resorts hotel/resort/conference center/casino project at the site of the old Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake continues to move forward as the Thompson Town Board on Wednesday approved the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Study and the Final Environmental Impact Study at a special session.

EPR and Empire Resorts submitted building plans for a 1,500 acre resort facility with a hotel and conference center, racino, harness racetrack, and indoor water park.

The vote to accept the environmental impact studies had been postponed pending more information on the resort’s impact on local hospitals and medical facilities, and roads.

The potential for damages to the local roads caused by the construction has been noted in the environmental impact study and it is agreed that the cost of any road repairs will be borne by the developer, according to Town of Thompson Engineer Richard McGoey. He is now satisfied with the information the board received from the study which then allowed it to be accepted today.

“Acceptance does not mean we can’t change things in down the road,” Town Board Member Sharon Jankiewicz said, underscoring the importance of moving the process forward.

The board scheduled a public hearing on the proposal for January 15th and will be accepting public comments until the end of business on January 14th. 

If all goes according to plan, the resort should break ground in the spring and be complete in 18 months. The construction phase is expected to create 3,000 jobs and the finished resort is expected to employ another 5,000 people according to Town Supervisor Anthony Cellini.

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