Friday, September 7, 2018

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The more things get torn down in Sullivan, the more things look up

MONTICELLO – Tear down the old Concord resort a few years ago and you get a casino, open for business, and a waterpark, under construction.

Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development President Marc Baez noted, at Thursday’s County Legislature Economic Development Committee meeting, that another legendary Catskills landmark is now history.

“Grossinger’s has been razed; there forever.  That’s down and already we’re getting tremendous amount of interest in that particular site because now that the building is down, people are going ‘wait a minute, we see it in a different light now’.”

Baez did not go into detail about what kind of interest the Grossinger’s property, still with one of the Catskill’s prime golf courses, is getting. 

He did say what’s happening is having a dramatic impact on Sullivan County.

“So in just three years, we go down to the lowest unemployment we’ve had in the last 30 years.  That is extraordinarily remarkable by any measure, by any standards.”

Prior to Sullivan County being awarded one of three new full casinos in the state, Sullivan usually had one of the highest unemployment rates among New York counties.  In 2012, the unemployment rate was over ten percent.  This July’s jobless rate in Sullivan was 3.6 percent. 

During the same committee meeting, county Treasurer Nancy Buck said tourism spending in 2017 was just under $450 million.  That an over seven percent increase from the previous year. 

The next set of annual numbers, for 2018, will include the impact of the casino. 

 


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