EPR Properties and Empire Resorts Receive Approval for Destination Resort Master Plan

  EPR Properties and Empire Resorts Receive Approval for Destination Resort
  Master Plan

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MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- January 16, 2013

EPR Properties (“EPR”) (NYSE: EPR), together with Empire Resorts, Inc. and its
wholly owned subsidiary, Monticello Raceway Management, Inc. (together
“Empire”) (NASDAQ-GM: NYNY) last night received approval from the Town of
Thompson Town Board on the Comprehensive Development Plan (“CDP”), SEQRA
findings and the Planned Resort Development Text Amendments (“Amendments”) for
the 1,583-acre site of the former Concord Resort (“EPT Concord Resort”).
Approval of the CDP and SEQRA findings and the adoption of the Amendments
means the joint developments can now move forward with the submission of
individual site plan applications, thus initiating the commencement of the
build-out of the proposed EPT Concord Resort.

The transformative CDP for the EPT Concord Resort is anticipated to create a
world-class, four-season destination resort and multi-use residential
community, reigniting the Catskill tourist industry which historically
supported the regional economy. As a catalyst for economic growth, it will
transform the patterns of employment, development and investment in the area.

As submitted, the plan includes an indoor water park, 18-hole golf course,
hotels, an RV park, and an entertainment village with a cinema and supporting
retail, and a Casino Resort (including a harness horse racetrack,
grandstand/showroom, simulcast facility, and hotel).

In addition, the plan includes a residential village with a mix of unit types
including condos, apartments, townhouses and detached single family homes, a
civic center, and an active adult residential community. This mix of uses will
be connected to abundant open space, via a multi-use trail system.

The initial phase of development and construction includes the Casino Resort
comprising of an approximately 117-acre development area in the southern
portion of the EPT Concord Resort. It is anticipated that construction of the
Casino Resort will begin in the spring of 2013. Shortly thereafter, it is
anticipated that site plan approvals for both the Golf Phase and select
components of the Entertainment Village Phase will be obtained with
construction of all three of these elements completed in 2014.

The Golf Phase, at approximately 229 acres, will be highlighted by the
renovation of the Monster Golf Course by Rees Jones, the “The US Open Doctor,”
and will also include the construction of the golf clubhouse, golf maintenance
building, and the golf cottages. The initial components of the Entertainment
Village Phase will likely encompass the development of a movie theater, event
field, and approximately 115,000 square feet of commercial retail.

With the completion of the Casino Resort, the Golf Course Phase and select
components of the Entertainment Village Phase, it is anticipated that over
1,000 new full time equivalent jobs will be created at the site. The direct
effect on the local economy from this initial phase is estimated at
approximately $290 million annually. For Sullivan County the total annual
economic activity that will result from the initial phase of operations alone
is estimated at $395 million.

After the completion of the initial three elements, subsequent phases will
include a residential village, hospitality, commercial, residential and
recreational phases utilizing the natural beauty of the entire parcel.

The development of the EPR Concord Resort is contingent upon various
conditions, including the receipt of necessary governmental approvals and
Empire’s ability to obtain financing.

About EPR Properties

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests
in properties in select market segments which require unique industry
knowledge, while offering the potential for stable and attractive returns. Our
total investments exceed $3.1 billion and our primary investment segments are
Entertainment, Recreation and Education. We adhere to rigorous underwriting
and investing criteria centered on key industry and property level cash flow
standards. We believe our focused niche approach provides a competitive
advantage, and the potential for higher growth and better yields. Further
information is available at www.eprkc.com

About Empire Resorts

Empire Resorts owns and operates, through its subsidiary Monticello Raceway
Management, Inc., the Monticello Casino & Raceway, a harness racing track and
casino located in Monticello, New York, and is 90 miles from midtown
Manhattan. For additional information, please visit www.empireresorts.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Information

Statements in this press release regarding the company’s business that are not
historical facts are “forward-looking statements” that may involve material
risks and uncertainties. The company wishes to caution readers not to place
undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which statements are made
pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1994, and as such,
speak only as of the date made. For a full discussion of risks and
uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained
in the forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year, as amended, as
well as the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the most recently
ended fiscal quarter.

Contact:

Brian Moriarty
EPR Properties
888-EPR-REIT
brianm@eprkc.com
or
Charles Degliomini
Empire Resorts, Inc.
845-807-0001
cdegliomini@empireresorts.com
 
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