Owner of defunct 'Dirty Dancing' resort seeks clean-up help

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.

Patrick Swayze, portraying Johnny Castle, and Jennifer Grey, portraying Baby Houseman, starred in the romance favorite "Dirty Dancing," which took place at an upstate resort based on Grossinger's.

Patrick Swayze, portraying Johnny Castle, and Jennifer Grey, portraying Baby Houseman, starred in the romance favorite “Dirty Dancing,” which took place at an upstate resort based on Grossinger’s.

(AP/Lionsgate Home entertainment)

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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