Mohegan Sun files application for N.Y. casino

Mohegan Sun delivered its final application for a New York state gaming license Monday, proposing a $550 million resort casino on the site of the former Concord Hotel in Thompson, a Sullivan County town in the Catskills.

The facility, which would be called Mohegan Sun at the Concord, would encompass 60 acres of the 140-acre property. It would be developed by Mohegan Sun in partnership with Westchester, N.Y.-based developer Louis Cappelli, who owns the property.

"We're tremendously excited to share our vision for the future of Sullivan County - a vision that features a world-class entertainment and tourism destination that will generate thousands of jobs and new economic development for the region," Mitchell Etess, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority's chief executive officer, said. "Just as important, Mohegan Sun at the Concord will be a unique destination with one-of-a-kind amenities that will attract a new generation of visitors to this former center of tourism in the beautiful Catskills."

Mohegan Sun delivered 20 copies of its application to the New York State Gaming Commission. Each copy comprised about 10,000 pages of documents.

The project calls for seven dining options at a range of price points, a 252-room hotel complex, performance venues for music, comedy and live shows, and 52,000 square feet of casino space incorporating more than 2,100 gaming positions. Retail and nightlife offerings are planned as well.

"Sullivan County is poised to play a central role in this new industry and develop the type of destination that will make expanded gaming a success in New York," Etess said. "In addition, our partnership with the Cappelli Organization creates a number of exciting opportunities to become a catalyst for revitalization of the overall Catskills region."

More than a dozen other casino operators were expected to submit final applications for the four licenses the New York gaming commission expects to award for three upstate regions: the Catskills/mid-Hudson Valley, the Capital Region around Albany and Saratoga, and the Eastern-Southern Tier. Up to two licenses could be awarded for a single region.

Also filing an application for the Catskills region were Empire Resorts, which proposed a resort casino near its Monticello Casino & Raceway in Thompson, and Nevele Investors LLC, which plans to redevelop the former Nevele Grande resort in the Ulster County village of Ellenville.

Such gaming giants as Caesars Entertainment, Hard Rock International and the Genting Group filed applications in other regions.

b.hallenbeck@theday.com

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