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Jim LaValley, head of ARISE and a local realtor, wants the resort to move forward and calls legal challenges "frivolous." Photo:  Brian Mann
Jim LaValley, head of ARISE and a local realtor, wants the resort to move forward and calls legal challenges "frivolous." Photo: Brian Mann

Frustration over Big Tupper resort lawsuit turns to anger

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This summer, the mood in Tupper Lake has turned tense and sometimes ugly as debate continues over the future of the Adirondack Club and Resort.

Developers hope to build hundreds of mansions and townhouses just outside the village, along with a marina, a new ski center and other amenities.

Many local residents and business owners see the project as a new economic engine for the village. But environmental groups and a small group of property owners in Tupper Lake sued last winter. They hope to overturn state permits for the resort, issued by the Adirondack Park Agency.

The conflict has sparked fierce letters to the editor, angry yard signs and friction between neighbors.

In the coming weeks, Brian Mann will be talking with people on all sides of the debate about the future of Tupper Lake. He began with Jim LaValley, a local real estate agent who formed the group ARISE to help build public support for the resort project.

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