The unofficial tally was 1,330 to 1,023, or 56.5 percent in favor and 43.5 percent opposed. Voter turnout was about 68 percent.
Utopia Studios, based in Melville, N.Y., intends to build movie studios, a climate-controlled theme park, hotels and an arts school on the former Norwich Hospital property. The developers estimate the attractions would bring 8 million to 10 million visitors a year and employ 22,000 workers.
The vote ended nearly three years of discussions, negotiations and planning. Preston officials now will sign a 300-page agreement to develop the 419-acre site.(AP)
I'm glad the voters approved this project. If it's successful, it'll give a needed boost to the region's economy. This has been dragging on for a long time. I hope work can start soon.
"Voters approve eastern Connecticut studio, theme park idea." Associated Press 23 May, 2006.