They were partying like it was 1969. Or close to it...in Ellenville. As our Christian Farrell reports - community members came out to celebrate a hotel's glorious past, and the promise of a future that may lie ahead for the Nevele.
ELLENVILLE, N.Y. - From the red carpet to the black ties. It most certainly was a colorful night in Ellenville.
"It's a party," said Michael Treanor of Nevele Investors LLC.
The man hosting the party is none other than Treanor. He is the man responsible for generating a buzz this village hasn't experienced in a long time.
The excitement all surrounds Treanor's plans to resurrect the nearby Nevele Hotel.
Transform it from a rundown former resort property into a future family friendly, casino resort destination.
"We think it's going to be huge for Ulster County and Ellenville. It's going to be a really fantastic project. So, tonight we just want to have fun. We want everyone to celebrate," said Treanor.
The invitation-only crowd seemed to be doing just that, in a scene soaked in Nevele nostalgia.
"It comes with a wave of jobs, a return of prosperity, and just a welcoming of what was here in Ellenville at one time," said Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach.
In order for the "new" Nevele to become a reality there are at least two important things that must still occur. One being in November state residents voting "yes" to non-tribal casino gaming. Secondly, the Nevele being chosen as one of the lucky seven state sites approved for casino gaming.
"It's going to be in competition with a number of places, a number of racino places. But at the end of the day, we need this desperately," said Ellenville Mayor Jeffrey Kaplan.
With the necessary approvals, project officials say the 500 acre property could become vibrant again in 2014.
"Nevele to a lot of people is unbelievable memories. And I'm, really blessed to be in position to push this thing forward," said Treanor.