Topping off an eventful week for Resorts World Casino with its reopening day on Wednesday, the venue also presented a plan to significantly change the landscaping around the exterior of the property in a Community Board 10 meeting the night before.
Michelle Stoddart, vice president for public affairs and community relations, outlined the plan to build a grassy berm along parts of the Aqueduct Road and the exterior of the parking lot, which are now covered in flat grass.
Though the community board doesn’t have a formal role in approving the landscaping idea, the state does require that Resorts World present any major changes to the body.
The idea for the new design is a byproduct of the hotel that Resorts World is building on the property. As a result of digging out the foundation of that building, the company unearthed mounds of dirt that it is now going to use to beautify the exterior of the building.
Bowman, a landscaping consulting group, helped Resorts World design a plan to build the berms, which will reduce noise pollution in addition to being aesthetic. The landscaping will involve a mix of native grasses from New York that will not require irrigation.