Public information sessions will be held in January for contractors and vendors interested in providing supplies and or services for the company licensed to build the $1.3 billion Montreign Resort Casino in upstate New York.

Empire Resorts Inc. along with its diversity consultant DACK Consulting Solutions, Inc. and construction manager LPCiminelli, will hold one presentation in Monticello on January 12 at 10 a.m. and the other will be held on the same day in Goshen at 2 p.m. The discussion will include information regarding the prequalification process, as well as sub-contracting and vendor opportunities for the Sullivan County tourist destination facility, according to Empire Resorts’ website.

On December 21, 2015 the New York State Gaming Commission granted a full gaming license to Empire Resorts and its partners, including EPR Properties of Kansas City, Mo., a specialty real estate investment firm. EPR and Westchester County developer Louis Cappelli worked together previously on New Rochelle’s New Roc City development as well as the City Center in White Plains. EPR owns the 1,700 acres in in Thompson, N.Y. where the casino resort will be built.

Montreign Resort Casino’s 90,000 square foot gambling facility will include 102 table games, 2,150 slot machines and a 14-16 table poker room.The facility’s non-gaming element known as Adelaar includes an 18-hole Monster Golf Course redesigned by “The Open Doctor,” Reese Jones; the 80,000 square foot Indoor Water Park Lodge; 200,000 square feet dedicated to the Entertainment Village featuring a movie theater, shops, restaurants, bowling; outdoor activities including snow tubing, hiking trails, bicycle paths, zip lines, and a $1 Billion Integrated Entertainment and Lifestyle Complex, according to the Adelaar website.

Owner and operator of the Monticello Casino and Raceway near the site for the Montreign Resort Casino, Empire Resorts, was chosen over six other applicants in 2014 by the state Gaming Facility Location Board. In addition to the Montreign Resort Casino in the Catskills , state casino licenses were awarded to the Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes town of Tyre, and the Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady.

Empire Resorts Inc.’s controlling shareholder is Lim Kok Thay’s investment company, Kien Huat Realty of Malaysia, one of Malaysia’s most prominent casino developers. Over the years, Empire has been active in its efforts to grow the gambling business in that economically depressed area of New York to include Las Vegas-style casinos with table games like roulette and blackjack, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Montreign at Kiamesha Lake in Thompson is slated to open in January, 2017.

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