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Once again, another shot at developing property near the Apollo Plaza

The corporate park would be behind the former strip mall. There is no currently active proposal for the plaza. which closed in 2003.

MONTICELLO – The reconfiguring of Quickway Exit 106 that came with construction of Sullivan County’s casino is attracting some thought of trying again to do something with a long vacant and decaying property.

The latest idea would not directly involve the old Apollo Mall site at the end of Broadway in the Town of Thompson, but County Manager Josh Potosek said it would involve adjacent land.

Potosek said they have an Albany engineering firm doing some early work on what could be a substantial project.

“We’ve engaged an engineering firm, Creighton Manning, the required third-party cost estimates for a shovel-ready corporate park behind the Apollo Mall.”

Potosek, Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Management Freda Eisenberg and County Legislator Alan Sorensen, whose district includes the site, did a recent walking tour and say it is a “very viable piece of land” because of water and utilities already in the area, and the close access to Route 17.

In recent years, a few developers have expressed some interest in Apollo Plaza, itself, but nothing has panned out.  Recent ideas, following the opening of the casino earlier this year, included mixed use of retail and perhaps a boutique hotel.

In a related action, the county legislature, meeting as Executive Committee, voted on Tuesday to transfer all related parcels around Apollo Plaza back to the county from the Sullivan County Funding Corporation.  Final action is needed at the legislature’s monthly session on Thursday.

 


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