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Big real-estate projects may leave out local workers

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Huge real estate projects are now in the planning stages across the North Country. In the Adirondacks, most of the developments are priced for high-end, second-home buyers. Some government leaders worry that housing for local workers, who earn lower wages, will be squeezed out. For our on-going series about the region's mega-real estate boom, Brian Mann spoke with Jacob Resneck, a staff writer with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Resneck wrote an in-depth article recently about workforce housing around the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake. The project would build more than seven hundred luxury homes and condos. The resort is expected to create between 400 and 600 new jobs. There could also be dozens of secondary jobs in fields like health care and retail. The boost in employment would help to revitalize Tupper Lake. But Resneck says it's unclear whether there is enough affordable housing for additional workers.

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