May 16, 2013

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Details of China City of America outlined

Li says she picked Sullivan County because of
"... the beauty of the area"

TOWN OF THOMPSON – Residents came out Wednesday night to hear about the concept for the China City of America in the Town of Thompson.

The project would consist of housing, an amusement park, conference center, a retail center, dorms, senior center, and other amenities.

Phase two of the project will be in the Town of Thompson.  Phase one will be in the Town of Mamakating.

China City of America President Sherry Li, said that the concept will provide jobs for the area.

Thompson resident Tom Senator is concerned that the China City project will destroy the county’s beauty that he moved to Sullivan County to find. The session answered few of his questions.

“They just talked about the concept but no details on water usage, septic, sewer”, Senator said. “They just said, ‘oh, we’ll do something’ but there are no details, period.”  

Keystone Associates of Monticello are the architects on the project. Company officials said the project might use the existing treatment plant; they are not yet certain.

The land for the project is under contract.

Allan Scott, president of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency, is excited about the concept and feels that it is feasible.

“My view of the concept is a very positive view,” Scott said. “And that’s based upon anybody that wants to come to Sullivan County, that is promising to invest a substantial amount of money in our economy, is welcome on the Sullivan County scene.”

Li chose Sullivan County over New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or elsewhere in New York because of the beauty of the area.

“There are many places I’ve searched. When I came to Sullivan County it was so beautiful,” Li said. “I love the environment here. I love the trees. I love the water. I love the people. It is the best”.

Li said funding for the project would come from Chinese investors using the EB-5 Visa program under which investors invest $500,000 in high unemployment or rural area in exchange for which they and their family receive green cards. The investment must create 10 jobs for American workers.

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