Casino companies show design to trustees

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  • The Cordish Companies and Penn National Gaming presented this rendering of what their casino in South Blooming Grove would look like.



Plans for the $750 million project include an upscale hotel with more than 300 rooms and suites, a destination spa and fitness center, several restaurants, a live entertainment venue, and conference center.

— The casino resort partnership interested in building a casino in the Village of South Blooming Grove made a presentation Monday night to village trustees.

Representatives of The Cordish Companies and Penn National Gaming presented renderings and additional details for their proposed Live! Hotel & Casino New York. Plans for the $750 million project include an upscale hotel with more than 300 rooms and suites, a destination spa and fitness center, several restaurants, a live entertainment venue, and conference center. The gambling part of the resort includes plans for more than 3,000 slot machines and 250 live table games, including poker.

The companies are interested in putting their resort on 125 acres near Cassidy’s Driving Range on Route 208 in the Village of South Blooming Grove. The property will be owned and managed by a 50/50 joint venture between the companies.

"We're excited to share our innovative design for a world-class gaming, dining and entertainment resort that fits the fabric of the local community while maximizing the revenue potential for the Hudson Valley-Catskills Region and the State of New York," said David Cordish, chair of The Cordish Companies.

A gambling resort in South Blooming Grove "will drive increased visitation to Orange County and the entire Hudson Valley through cross-marketing agreements and local partnerships with area businesses and entertainment venues," said a statement from the companies.

A new website — livehotelcasinony.com — has been launched in conjunction with the release of the renderings, with information about the project and Facebook and Twitter sign ups for updates.

Companies interested in building casinos in New York State must submit applications to state by the end of June. The state will award licenses in the early fall.

In last November's election, 69 percent of Blooming Grove voters supported casino gambling in the state.

The Cordish Companies have already developed the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos in Hollywood and Tampa, Fla.; Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Md., and Charleston Place in Charleston, S.C.

Penn National Gaming presently operates 27 facilities in 18 states in the U.S. and Canada, including Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In aggregate, Penn National Gaming's facilities feature approximately 31,000 gaming machines, 800 table games and 2,900 hotel rooms.

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