Rejected for casino license, Catskills developers pursue smaller resort with sports, gambling

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WAWARSING, New York — Developers who failed to land a casino license at the site of an old Borscht Belt hotel in the Catskills hope to build a smaller sports and gambling resort there.

The group that wanted to run a Las Vegas-style casino at the shuttered Nevele (NEV'-uh-lee) Resort in Ulster County say they have asked the Cuomo administration for support for legislation to operate 750 video lottery terminals at the proposed $100 million resort.

The resort about 70 miles north of New York City also would include a "Sportsplex" with an indoor aquatics center, four baseball fields and eight fields for soccer, field hockey and lacrosse.

Developers say the VLTs would make the resort viable year-round.

There was no immediate comment from the Cuomo administration.

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