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Boats moored at the shore of Leroy Douglas' campground on Silver Lake last week. Douglas has sold ld some of his property along the lake that's the center of an ongoing federal lawsuit he filed against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council. Photo: Chris Knight, <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Boats moored at the shore of Leroy Douglas' campground on Silver Lake last week. Douglas has sold ld some of his property along the lake that's the center of an ongoing federal lawsuit he filed against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Controversial Black Brook Adirondack parcel sold

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An Adirondack lakefront property that's the subject of a multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit filed against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council has been sold.

Records on file with the Clinton County Real Property Office show Leroy Douglas sold six parcels totaling 17.1 acres on Silver Lake in the town of Black Brook for $350,000. His lawyer says the sale doesn't affect the merits of case.

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Chris Knight
Adirondack Correspondent

One of the parcels Douglas sold to Donald Burrell and Kevin Williams is an 11-acre lot that was the subject of an enforcement case the APA pursued against Douglas for filling in wetland. The violations were resolved in 2006, but Douglas claims the Council conspired with the APA to reopen the enforcement case against him to stop his plans to subdivide and develop the lakefront property.

A family member of Douglas said the land was sold to help pay for the mounting legal costs in the case. Douglas, she said, had planned to subdivide the land into smaller building lots and sell them for much more than the $350,000.

The sale of the land was mentioned in a recent status update on the lawsuit.

Douglas filed the lawsuit three years ago, seeking more than $67 million plus punitive damages and attorney fees.

In September of last year, a federal judge dismissed many of Douglas' claims but left enough for the case to proceed to trial.

Since the decision, attorneys on both sides have been exchanging documents in preparation for a trial, which is scheduled to take place in Plattsburgh sometime next year.

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