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The January APA vote gave the Adirondack Club and Resort projec the green light. Photo: Brian Mann
The January APA vote gave the Adirondack Club and Resort projec the green light. Photo: Brian Mann

Green groups sue to block Adirondack Club and Resort

Environmental groups and property owners in Tupper Lake say they're suing the state of New York, hoping to stop construction of the Adirondack Club and Resort.

The suit filed late yesterday in state Supreme Court accuses the Adirondack Park Agency of permitting the project back in January without following state environmental laws and regulations.

The suit sparked anger in Tupper Lake this morning.  Go to full article
Environmental activists like Richard Brummel suffered a major defeat last week. Photos: Brian Mann
Environmental activists like Richard Brummel suffered a major defeat last week. Photos: Brian Mann

Disarray in Adirondack environmental community, defeat on Tupper resort

Last week's decision by the Adirondack Park Agency to allow construction of a massive new resort in Tupper Lake was a major defeat for environmental groups. Developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort won permission to build more than 700 luxury homes and condos, much of it on timberland that borders the High Peaks Wilderness.

Green activists spent much of the last decade opposing the project, insisting that it would set dangerous precedents for future development. But debate over the resort came at a time when once-powerful environmental groups were disintegrating, faltering under financial strain and deeply divided over the movement's agenda.

As Brian Mann reports, last week's vote could signal a balance of power in Park debates as environmentalists scramble to regroup.  Go to full article
Park Agency commissioners vote 10-to-1 to approve the massive resort. Photos: Brian Mann
Park Agency commissioners vote 10-to-1 to approve the massive resort. Photos: Brian Mann

In historic APA decision, commissioners downplay environmental risks

On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency voted to approve the largest project in the Park's modern history, giving the green light to a massive resort planned around the Big Tupper ski area.

Supporters hope the project will bring hundreds of jobs to the Adirondacks, and revitalize the economy of Tupper Lake. Hundreds of people gathered in the village Friday night to celebrate the historic decision.

Critics say developers haven't developed a realistic business plan for the resort. And they worry that hundreds of mansions and condos will create sprawl on the edge of one of the Park's biggest wilderness areas. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Michael Foxman and Tom Lawson, Big Tupper's lead developers, conferring immediately after Friday's vote (Photo:  Mark Kurtz for NCPR)
Michael Foxman and Tom Lawson, Big Tupper's lead developers, conferring immediately after Friday's vote (Photo: Mark Kurtz for NCPR)

Adirondack Park Agency approves Big Tupper resort on 10-to-1 vote, winning acclaim and condemnation

Just before mid-day, the Adironack Park Agency voted 10-to-1 to approve development of a massive new resort in Tupper Lake. The vote at APA headquarters in Ray Brook sparked a standing ovation from the project's supporters who crowded the hearing room.

The Adirondack Club and Resort project has been under review for seven years. In their final deliberations, commissioners acknowledged lingering questions about environmental impacts and the economic plan behind the development.

Several board members called the decision "agonizing." But in the end, it was a decisive vote. NCPR's Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann spoke with Nora Flaherty about the decision.  Go to full article
A standing-room-only crowd attending the Friday morning meeting of the APA. Photo: Mark Kurtz
A standing-room-only crowd attending the Friday morning meeting of the APA. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Adirondack Club and Resort approved on 10-to-1 vote, despite last-minute soul-searching

UPDATE: The Adirondack Park Agency this morning approved a series of permits giving the green light to the massive resort planned for the area around the Big Tupper ski mountain in Tupper Lake.

The 10-1 vote caps a turbulent and sometimes bitter seven-year debate over the project. Brian Mann has been following this issue from the start and he joins me now.

Brian Mann joined Martha Foley earlier this morning to talk about last minute deliberations.  Go to full article
Environmentalists like Richard Brummel have struggled to gain traction with their opposition to the Big Tupper resort. Photos: Brian Mann
Environmentalists like Richard Brummel have struggled to gain traction with their opposition to the Big Tupper resort. Photos: Brian Mann

As Big Tupper resort decision looms, environmentalists face setbacks, divisions

The Adirondack Park Agency is down to the wire in its review of the massive resort project proposed for Tupper Lake. Developers hope to build more than 700 luxury homes and condos near the Big Tupper ski area, along with a new marina, ski lodge and equestrian center. A final decision from the APA is expected on Friday.

In this last week of deliberations, environmental groups have ramped up their opposition to the resort. But their efforts to delay a decision and to spark more public opposition haven't gained much traction. As Brian Mann reports, the Park's biggest green group broke ranks yesterday and said the APA should allow the project the project to go forward.  Go to full article
APA commissioners tour the Big Tupper project site (NCPR file photo)
APA commissioners tour the Big Tupper project site (NCPR file photo)

Big Tupper vote looming, all eyes on Adirondack Park Agency

Tomorrow in Ray Brook, Adirondack Park Agency commissioners begin their final three days of deliberations over the resort project planned for Tupper Lake. Developers hope to build hundreds of homes and condos on more than six thousand acres of land near the Big Tupper ski area. A final vote from the APA is planned for Friday.

Village Mayor Paul Maroun said he's hopeful a permit will be granted. "It's a big issue on the streets in Tupper Lake. Everybody's talking about it, both sides of the issue," Maroun noted.

Brian Mann has been following this project for seven years and he spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
APA commissioners tour the Big Tupper site.  APA project analyst Ed Snizek is at left (Photo:  Brian Mann)
APA commissioners tour the Big Tupper site. APA project analyst Ed Snizek is at left (Photo: Brian Mann)

Did APA procedures and regulations fall short during Big Tupper review?

Next month, the Adirondack Park Agency will bring to a close its seven-year review of the Big Tupper resort proposed for Tupper Lake. Developers hope to build more than 700 luxury homes and condos, as well as a new ski lodge, equestrian center and marina. It's the biggest single project the APA has ever reviewed.

But as the process grinds to a finish, a growing number of critics say fundamental questions about the resort's environmental impacts still haven't been answered. As Brian Mann reports, even some members of the APA commission are asking whether state policies and regulations are adequate to handle such a massive and complex project.  Go to full article
Tupper Lake residents hope to see their ski mountain reborn (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Tupper Lake residents hope to see their ski mountain reborn (Photo: Brian Mann)

Big new resort brings hope, no guarantees for Big Tupper ski mountain

State officials reviewing the proposed new resort in Tupper Lake say there are no guarantees that the project will lead to the long-term reopening of the Big Tupper ski area.

The issue came up Thursday during the Adirondack Park Agency's review of the resort in Ray Brook. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Questions remain about how Tom Lawson will finance the massive resort he's proposed (NCPR file photo)
Questions remain about how Tom Lawson will finance the massive resort he's proposed (NCPR file photo)

Still no clarity on financing for big Tupper Lake resort

At the Adirondack Park Agency meeting Thursday in Ray Brook, commissioners once again focused exclusively on the big resort project proposed for Tupper Lake.

A final decision is expected next month. But even after seven years of deliberation, review and scrutiny, the APA board expressed frustration yesterday about big questions that still haven't been answered.

Brian Mann was in Ray Brook for the meeting and joined Martha Foley to talk about uncertainties that still surround the Adirondack Club and Resort's business plan.  Go to full article

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