The Malaysian-based owner of the largest racino in New York today unveiled plans for a 238-acre casino in Tuxedo, Orange County — just 41 miles from midtown Manhattan.
The Genting Group, which runs the Resorts World at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, offered new details for its casino project. On Wednesday, the company, along with 21 other groups, ponied up $1 million for an initial application for one of four casino licenses in New York.
It’s one of at least four casinos proposed for Orange County, the closest to New York City. The law, approved last year, allows for four licenses in three areas: the Catskills, Southern Tier and Albany area. The initial thinking was the Catskills would get two casinos, likely in economically depressed areas in Sullivan and Ulster counties.
But developers have their sights set more on Orange County, including in the city of Newburgh and near Woodbury Commons, the massive outlet mall.
The project, Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center, under the banner of Sterling Forest Resort, would include a 125-acre “Sterling Forest Gardens” of various plants and floral displays. It appears to the closest one to the city.
“Destination resorts are our specialty, and we are excited to possibly work with the Town of Tuxedo, Orange County and thestate of New York to build a facility that will help further bolster the area’s thriving tourism economy while fitting squarely in the context of the beautiful Hudson Valley landscape,” said Christian Goode, senior vice president of Genting Americas, Inc.
Originally opened by Queen Beatrix of Holland in 1958, the 125-acre Sterling Forest Gardens was replaced in 1978 by the New York Renaissance Fair. And the Ski Center opened in 1962.
The casino plan would expand the fair and the ski center, including a tram to the top of the ridge.
The plan includes two hotels, and Genting said it would bankroll a new exit off the Thruway –Exit 15B, which has been on the drawing board for decades.