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Company Has Big Plans for Pocono Manor Resort
Greg Matzel, President of Matzel Development, a New Jersey and Pennsylvania-based real estate development company, has unveiled his team of partners and consultants who will help bring a world-class gaming resort to the Poconos.
Matzel's $3 billion development plan for the Pocono Manor Inn & Golf Resort in Marshalls Creek, Pa., includes construction of a one-million-square-foot hotel and casino complex housing 5,000 slot machines and 750 rooms. Along with retail shopping, a spa, two golf courses and other amenities, the Pocono Manor property would be transformed into a premier casino resort destination on the East Coast.
Leading the list of companies joining the Matzel team is Gomes Gaming Management, LLC. Matzel and President Dennis Gomes have inked an agreement that establishes GGM as the exclusive manager of Matzel's newly created gaming division, which will include the management and operation of the resort and casino to be developed at Pocono Manor. Gomes' 35-year career in the gaming industry includes stints as president of both the Tropicana Casino & Resort and Trump Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City and president of the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. At the Tropicana, Gomes is credited with the vision for creating The Quarter – the Trop's $285 million retail, dining and entertainment complex.
"With Dennis leading our gaming operation, we now have a team in place that is second to none - not only in Pennsylvania, but anywhere in the country," said Matzel. "With his unparalleled background in the gaming industry, Dennis Gomes could have gone anywhere. It speaks volumes about our proposal that he chose to join our team. Like me, he sees the potential to create a truly unique destination - one that will dazzle visitors but also will be respectful to the amazing beauty of the Pocono region that has made it a vacation paradise for more than a hundred years."
"For me, the gaming business has always been more about the people," said Gomes. "After meeting Greg and seeing his vision and passion for this project, I was on board. Frankly, I'm at a point in my life where I don't need to work. But there is something about the people involved with this project – and the opportunity to create something that is truly special – that compelled me to want to devote the amount of energy it takes to do it right."
"Our number one goal is to prove to the gaming board, but most importantly to the residents of the Pocono Region, that we are more than capable of delivering a first-class facility to Pennsylvania," added Matzel. "I couldn't be more proud of this team of partners and consultants, all of whom bring a level of expertise, not to mention character and integrity, to our efforts that will be hard to match by any competing application."
Matzel said his team will be submitting its application for a Category Two license to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in the next 60 days.
Pocono Manor Inn & Golf Resort occupies over 3,000 acres (5.5 square miles) in Tobyhanna and Pocono Townships as well as the Borough of Mt. Pocono. Residing in its own zip code, the existing resort consists of a 257-room hotel and conference center, two 18-hole golf courses, equestrian center, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, skeet-shooting range, and miles of trails used for hiking, cross country skiing, horseback riding and snowmobiling.
Matzel's development plans include a resort and casino, full-service spa, fitness center and world-class dining and retail space. Initial plans also include a 300,000-square-foot retail village, a 100,000-square-foot village green for outdoor events, a twelve-acre lake in front of the hotel and casino and two 18-hole golf courses.
In addition to plans for building a new resort and casino on the property, Matzel plans to renovate the existing manor inn as well as restore many old buildings housed on the site. Approximately one third of the property will be left undeveloped.
Pocono Manor is part of the Pocono Mountains golf destination, which spans a four-county area and includes 35 golf and resort property. The destination – “Pocono Mountains: Discover Golf’s Great Destination Secret” – is committed to growing golf’s presence under the lead of the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, Inc. (“PMVB, Inc.”).
For more information about “Pocono Mountains: Discover Golf’s Great Destination Secret” visit www.poconosgolf.com or call 800/POCONOS (762-6667). Comprehensive Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at www.800poconos.com. The Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, Inc. is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania.