Developers who hope to build a $750 million casino resort on the site of a grand old Catskills hotel in the center of an area frequented every summer by tens of thousands of Orthodox Jewish families said they could start building within a month if granted a license.
EPR Properties and the operators of the Monticello Casino unveiled details of their plans for a 1,110-room resort where the Concord Hotel once stood.
Jewish groups have strenuously opposed the opening of a full-fledged gambling site so close to dozens of youth camps and bungalow colonies, where many families go for summer vacation.
The attempt to keep casinos out of Monticello succeeded several times in the past when permits seemed imminent. However, a referendum allowing casinos was passed in November.
The Concord was the biggest of the old “Borscht Belt” resorts in the days when this lake-dappled area was packed with summer tourists. Support for casinos run strong among year-round residents who hope it could recapture some of that tourist traffic.