Press Releases2015Jun 24, 2015
Z Living/Veria Nature Cure & Ayurvedic Wellness Center Breaks Ground at Former Kutsher's Property
Major economic initiative marks first official International Yoga Day« Back
Under sunny blue skies with more than 150 people attending, entrepreneur Dr. Subhash Chandra, officials of Z Living/Veria Lifestyle and local and state dignitaries broke ground on the Z Living/Veria Nature Cure & Ayurvedic Wellness Center on Sunday.
The project is being spearheaded by Indian billionaire Dr. Subhash Chandra, chairman of the Essel Group of Companies. Chandra has invested $18 million thus far as part of a $90 million dollar plan for the first phase to turn the legendary Kutsher's Country Club in Sullivan County into the 260,000-square-foot Z Living/Veria Nature Cure and Ayurvedic Wellness Center. This is just part of his total commitment to invest $250 million for the Wellness Center and overall wellness programming.
They broke ground on the first official International Yoga Day because the Wellness Center will also be practicing yogic sciences. Yoga will be one of the major daily rituals.
"Z Living/Veria is honored to come to Sullivan County and create a project that will fit the surroundings and beauty of the region," said Chandra. "The community of Sullivan County has welcomed us and supported us for this project. We will reciprocate by assimilating ourselves into the community. This Wellness Center will bring peace, harmony, jobs and a boost to the Monticello economy. Our project will create 1,000 construction jobs and 800 permanent jobs. These workers will no doubt benefit the greater community as their families live and grow in the area, and spend their incomes in the area."
The modern, unique and exclusive center will be based upon five ancient sciences 1. Nature Cure 2. Ayurveda 3. Yogic Sciences 4. Nutrition and 5. Acupuncture, and will include treatments such as hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, in addition to a yoga center, fitness center, private and couple treatment rooms and a swimming pool with nature garden. A full service restaurant with a teaching and observation kitchen, nutrition center and several juice bars dispersed throughout the facility will complete the food and beverage services, and there will also be space for gift shops, essential shops, a salon and a theater. Also, it will include a museum, which will show the Center's wellness philosophy, our body systems and how they work and also react in deviation from natural laws. It also introduces guests to naturopathic management of such aberrations.
The golden shovel groundbreaking took place on the western bank of Bailey Lake on an undisturbed, maturely vegetated and sloping site in the Town of Thompson. These physical site features will provide all Wellness Center guests with a beautiful, natural, quiet and serene setting for exercise, meditation and reflection. The property is still being cleared and prepared for construction. The Kutsher Hotel has been partially demolished due to contamination and weak structure which was beyond repair. Portions of the hotel are still being preserved and will be strengthened to be open as part of the golf course. The property's golf course is currently being revamped and will host events on a regular basis upon completion.
"We will bring the Town of Thompson much pride, and we will make the Kutsher family proud," Chandra said. "We will preserve the legacy of the Kutscher Hotel by keeping sections that could be saved, and adding to it, so that tourism activities can be continued at the original site."
To celebrate this major economic initiative, among the local dignitaries attending and speaking were Sullivan County Legislative Chairman Scott B. Samuelson, Town of Thompson Supervisor Bill Rieber, Sullivan County Partnership President and CEO Marc Baez and Christine Schiff from U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson's office.
"This project will invigorate the local economy by spurring job growth in Sullivan County, and has the added benefit of promoting health and wellness in our region amongst its residents, and visitors," said Sen. John Bonacic, 42nd Senate District.
"I am delighted to help welcome this exciting project to the Town of Thompson," said Congressman Chris Gibson. "Health and wellness programming is an important component of our efforts to create jobs, strengthen community life, and raise awareness of the amazing scenic and cultural resources of Sullivan County. Congratulations to the team at Z Living/Veria!"
"Having a project of this magnitude come to Sullivan County is something we should all be proud of," said Sullivan County Legislative Chairman Scott B. Samuelson. "Turning the historical Kutsher's property into a new viable tourism project will be something special for county residents to see in the coming months and years ahead."
"The Town of Thompson is pleased to have this significant development project within its borders," said Town of Thompson Supervisor Bill Rieber. "This project brings meaningful construction and permanent jobs and opportunities to residents and their families in both the town and the surrounding area." Supervisor Rieber further stated, â€œAdditionally it provides yet another recreation venue to strengthen our resolve to turn Sullivan County into a premier destination resort region."
"The vision for this project is extraordinary," said Roberta Byron-Lockwood, president of the Sullivan County Visitors Association. "The Z Living/Veria Wellness Center will showcase Sullivan County and the Catskills on a world stage as it will be marketed to countries throughout the world and inspire international travel."
"This Z Living project is another game changer for Sullivan County that sends a clear message. The Town of Thompson and Sullivan County are ready for business now," said Marc Baez, president and CEO of the Sullivan County Partnership. "We are very grateful but also proud that out of many sites considered by Dr. Chandra he chose Sullivan County. This is a great win for Sullivan County and the region."
"This is personal for me, the memories and nostalgia are extensive," said Mark Kutsher, son of the late Milton and Helen Kutcher who ran the resort. "We hope that our property would go to someone who was going to make it special and we can be proud of, and that is what this project is."