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Stephen Maselli located his Old Adirondack furniture company in the industrial park in Willsboro (File photo)
Stephen Maselli located his Old Adirondack furniture company in the industrial park in Willsboro (File photo)

Even free of APA regulations, Adirondack business sparks struggle

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Critics of the Adirondack Park Agency have long claimed that its zoning rules and regulations stifle economic activity.

But over the years, the APA has approved eight shovel-ready business parks for light industry and manufacturing.

Businesses who choose to locate in these industrial parks - which stretch from Tupper Lake to Moriah - face little or no APA oversight.

Still, most remain empty or nearly empty.

As Jon Alexander reports, the real problem may be the lack of infrastructure and convenient access in remote rural towns.

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