LIBERTY, N.Y. — The owner of the now-defunct Catskills resort that inspired the film “Dirty Dancing” is seeking government help in cleaning up contamination left behind during the property’s glory days.
The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports a subsidiary of Westchester-based Cappelli Enterprises has asked the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to designate the former Grossinger’s resort site a brownfield.
Such a designation would make the dilapidated property eligible for state aid in removing contamination from underground fuel tanks, dry-cleaning chemicals and other resort-related operations.
The owner wants to demolish the last remaining buildings and construct a 300-room hotel and housing complex.
Grossinger’s was the most famous of the Catskills’ old Borscht Belt resorts, operating for nearly 70 years before closing in 1986, a year before “Dirty Dancing” was released.
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