Nostalgia is in the air: The owner of the property that houses the ruined Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills, which was the resort that inspired “Dirty Dancing,” is hoping to reopen the property as a hotel, spa and conference center.
According to JTA, Louis Cappelli is the real estate developer who has owned the former resort property for two decades. He is looking for state funds “to clean up the site as a first step toward reopening Grossinger’s.” The resort closed in 1986, so the reopening would clearly be monumental.
Why the sudden interest? The Resorts World Casino, a $750 million complex, is scheduled to open nearby on the property of the former Concord Resort Hotel. The Catskills are back, baby.
He told the New York Times:
“For 17 years I’ve been a lone wolf trying to do this, and I really haven’t been able to accomplish it because of the enormity of the task. But now that the casino is in fact going to be opening up there, I think the opportunity now exists to have this kind of original dream come true.”
Come on, New York state, just give the people what they want! No one can do “the lift” if the ceiling is falling apart, you know?