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APA sorts out details of Adirondack Club and Resort permit (File photo)
APA sorts out details of Adirondack Club and Resort permit (File photo)

Park Agency takes up details of Big Tupper resort permit

In Ray Brook, the Adirondack Park Agency takes up the Big Tupper project for a final two-day review. A decision on the project is expected next month.

Commissioners will hear about possible conditions and requirements that could be folded into a permit, if the project is allowed to move forward. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Tupper Lake village Mayor Paul Maroun. Photo: Brian Mann
Tupper Lake village Mayor Paul Maroun. Photo: Brian Mann

Tupper Lake Mayor champions resort, but still has big questions

Thursday in Ray Brook, the Adirondack Park Agency resumes deliberations over the huge resort proposed for Tupper Lake. Developers hope to build more than seven hundred homes, mansions and condos over the next fifteen years.

A final vote on the precedent-setting project is scheduled for January. The debate over the Big Tupper resort has drawn national attention and it's also reshaped life and local politics in Tupper Lake.

Brian Mann sat down to talk with Paul Maroun who was elected mayor in November after campaigning on a platform of full support for the development. Maroun says he still has questions about how the project will be financed and when it will move forward. But he thinks the resort will revitalize his town's economy.  Go to full article
APA commissioner Richard Booth (shown during a tour of the Adirondack Club and Resort property) led key questioning during Thursday's hearing (NCPR file photo)
APA commissioner Richard Booth (shown during a tour of the Adirondack Club and Resort property) led key questioning during Thursday's hearing (NCPR file photo)

Unanswered questions about wildlife at Big Tupper hearing

Yesterday was the first full day of public deliberations for the Adirondack Park Agency as commisioners consider a permit for the Big Tupper resort project.

The massive resort - with more than 700 homes, condos and mansions -- has developed into a flashpoint in debates over the Park's future and a final vote is expected in January.

On Thursday, commissioners heard testimony over a wide range of topics. But a key focus was the lack of comprehensive scientific data showing the resort's impact on wildlife.

As Brian Mann reports, specific concerns were raised about the construction of one new neighborhood that could displace amphibian species.  Go to full article
The Adirondack Club and Resort would be spread over roughly 6,200 acres of private timberland (NCPR file photo)
The Adirondack Club and Resort would be spread over roughly 6,200 acres of private timberland (NCPR file photo)

Some experts say environmental concerns about Big Tupper resort exaggerated

Today in Ray Brook, the Adirondack Park Agency takes up the question of whether to approve a massive resort project proposed for Tupper Lake. The Adirondack Club and Resort development would be the largest in the history of the Park. It's so big, affecting more than 6,000 acres, that commissioners plan to spend three full meetings hashing through the details. A final vote is expected to come in January.

One of the central controversies the APA board will have to settle, deals with forest fragmentation. Green groups say the project would fragment a huge swath of timberland, in a way that causes "undue" damage to the forest. But the developers, along with some independent scientists and state officials, say those concerns have been exaggerated.  Go to full article
APA commissioners Lani Ulrich and Dick Booth talk with DEC administrative law Judge Daniel O'Connell (Photos:  Brian Mann)
APA commissioners Lani Ulrich and Dick Booth talk with DEC administrative law Judge Daniel O'Connell (Photos: Brian Mann)

APA commissioners get first-hand look at Big Tupper resort

State officials are gearing up to make a final decision about the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake.

Over the weekend, members of the Adirondack Park Agency commission toured the site, which stretches from the Big Tupper ski area to the banks of the Raquette River. The goal was to give them a better feel for the landscape that would be changed if the massive and fiercely debated project is allowed to go forward. Brian Mann tagged along for the tour and has our story.  Go to full article
I decided if youre not 110 percent behind the resort, its not going to
work. - Paul Maroun

Incumbent Desmarais drops out of Tupper Lake mayor race

Tupper Lake village mayor Mickey Desmarais says he won't seek another term and is bowing out of the mayor's race. In an interview with the Tupper Lake Free Press, Desmarais said the criticism that he has received over his handling of the Adirondack Club and Resort project has put strain on his family. "It doesn't bother me, but it hurts them," Desmarais told the newspaper.

Desmarais has continued to raise questions about the proposed resort, its impact on the local economy and plans for the Big Tupper Ski resort. The mayor had faced growing criticism from his opponent in the race, Republican Paul Maroun, who argued that village leaders should strongly back the project.

Speaking with WNBZ radio, Maroun said the community's mayor should be "110% behind the resort." According to Maroun, environmental groups are "still out there right now lobbying in Albany to kill this project."

The Adirondack Club and Resort project is expected to face a vote by the Adirondack Park Agency in January.  Go to full article
Pushing for the Adirondack Club and Resort
Pushing for the Adirondack Club and Resort

Advocate, journalist Dan McClelland shapes Big Tupper debate

As we heard yesterday, the debate over the massive Adirondack Club and Resort project is winding to a close with a final round of public hearings.

State officials are grappling with the possible environmental and economic impacts of the resort, which would include more than six hundred mansions and condos.

One of the major players in the Big Tupper debate is newspaper publisher and editor Dan McClelland. Over the years, his Tupper Lake Free Press has emerged as one of the major boosters of the project.

McClelland himself has taken an active part in the public hearings, openly urging the Adirondack Park Agency to allow the resort to go forward.

His dual role as a journalist and an advocate has sparked criticism from some who view his coverage as biased and unfair.

McClelland sat down with Brian Mann last week to talk about his approach. He said it is challenging balancing two very different missions.  Go to full article
Last week's ACR hearing was held in the Tupper Lake train depot (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Last week's ACR hearing was held in the Tupper Lake train depot (Photo: Brian Mann)

Experts debate viability, business plan of proposed Big Tupper resort

In Tupper Lake, the latest round of hearings into the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort has been focusing on economic questions about the project. Developers Michael Foxman and Tom Lawson hope to build hundreds of condos and mansions, along with a new ski area, marina, equestrian center and other amenities. The price tag for the project is roughly $500 million.

Some business leaders in the village say they're satisfied that the company has laid out a realistic plan for building the expansive resort. But some resort experts, state officials, and local government leaders in Tupper Lake say they still have questions about how the project will be financed and how enough buyers will be found for the new homes. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Is developer Michael Foxman's vision realistic?  (File photo:  Brian Mann)
Is developer Michael Foxman's vision realistic? (File photo: Brian Mann)

Tupper Lake resort faces deep skepticism in business community

For seven years, developer Michael Foxman has been promising to build a massive new resort in Tupper Lake, worth roughly $500 million.

He's hoping to win final approval for the project from the Adirondack Park Agency this fall.

Many community leaders have embraced his vision as a way to revive a former logging and manufacturing town that lost seven percent of its population over the last decade.

But an investigation by North Country Public Radio, in partnership with the Adirondack Explorer magazine, found that significant doubts remain about the economic viability of Foxman's resort.

Over a period of weeks and dozens of interviews, we found that important questions remain unanswered about how the resort will be financed and marketed.

As Brian Mann reports, it's unclear when the project's elaborate infrastructure and amenities, including those at the Big Tupper ski area, will be built.  Go to full article
Can Michael Foxman realize his vision for Tupper Lake?
Can Michael Foxman realize his vision for Tupper Lake?

Big Tupper resort: more on the money questions

The story reported above by Brian Mann, in cooperation with the Adirondack Explorer, looks hard at the financial underpinnings of the big luxury resort project proposed for Tupper Lake several years ago. It raises complicated questions and concerns still on the table as the Adirondack Park Agency prepares for its final review, and decision.
Martha Foley spoke further with Brian this morning about the skepticism he found, and why these questions matters.  Go to full article

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