Ariana Lubelli Aug 4, 2017, 1:35 pmAug 4, 2017, 1:43 pm

Goshen planning board votes to allow developers to build on Legoland site

Deadline for written comments from the public on theme park's final environmental impact statement is Friday at 5 p.m.

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On Thursday, the town's planning board voted, allowing developers to build on the site where Legoland is being approved.

The local law permits commercial recreation facilities at the site of the proposal. However, the town still needs to grant an exception to a local law that prohibits amusements parks before they can proceed with development.

Local residents have shown up in numbers to town board meetings to vote their opposition – many whom have concerns over traffic and environmental issues.

"The scale of this project is way out of line for this town. They want to bring in 20 to 22,000 people per day into a town that only has 12,000 people," Hamptonburg resident Chris Miele says.

While others believe the theme park would be a major economic booster for a town they say is struggling.

I think Goshen needs to be revitalized, it needs some growth, it needs jobs. I think, if it comes, we'll get a grocery store and all the things that Goshen wants," Goshen resident Laura Fleming says.

The deadline for written comments from the public on Legoland's final environmental impact statement is today at 5 pm. To send your comments you can email nhalloran@townofgoshen.org.

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