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Big Tupper investors Tom Lawson (L) and Michael Foxman
Big Tupper investors Tom Lawson (L) and Michael Foxman

Big Tupper resort investors fall behind on tax payments

Yesterday, two news organizations - WNBZ and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise - reported that Tupper Lake developer Michael Foxman and his partners have fallen behind again on their property taxes.

Foxman's group wants to develop hundreds of resort homes and condominiums, as well as a marina and a ski hill.

The Adirondack Park Agency is expected to vote on a permit for the project later this year.

But according to local government records, the company developing the resort owes nearly $100,000 in back-taxes to the town of Tupper Lake and Franklin County.

Foxman spoke yesterday in depth with Brian Mann. He acknowledged that money is tight, but said the resort development remains on solid footing.  Go to full article
A big crowd turned out Wednesday to support the resort (Photos:  Brian Mann)
A big crowd turned out Wednesday to support the resort (Photos: Brian Mann)

Tupper Lakers turn out in big numbers to back resort project

Hundreds of people packed the auditorium yesterday at LP Quinn Elementary in Tupper Lake for a public hearing on the future of the Adirondack Club and Resort.

Developers want to build hundreds of great camp mansions, condos and homes, as well as a marina and a new ski lodge.

The vast majority of those who spoke yesterday supported the project and called for the Adirondack Park Agency to allow it to go forward. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
[The APA is] looking to put the permit through not giving it a rubber stamp but they are definitely open to the idea of it.

Big Tupper resort appears on track for APA approval, with conditions

The Adirondack Park Agency's staff has released a draft version of what the state is calling "potential permit conditions" that would shape the big new resort proposed for Tupper Lake.

APA officials say those conditions for the Adirondack Club and Resort could change following a final round of hearings that are set to get underway later this month.

The project also needs a final vote of approval from the APA board.

But it appears that the Park Agency's staff is preparing to recommend that the project be allowed to move forward with some relatively minor changes and restrictions.

Jessica Collier broke the story about these APA documents in yesterday's Adirondack Daily Enterprise. She spoke about her story with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
We're not going to give up and go home. And we're not in a position to make more compromises.

Debate flares over the role of green groups in Big Tupper hearing

A final round of hearings for the Big Tupper resort project is set to get underway next month.

In the build-up to those sessions, a coalition of local government and pro-business leaders in Tupper Lake are demanding that environmentalists withdraw from the process.

They claim that green group have meddled in the state's review of the Adirondack Club and Resort, delaying its approval.

But environmental leaders are pushing back, arguing that they have an important role to play, asking tough questions about the impact of the project on the Park and on the local economy.

As Brian Mann reports, the debate has turned ugly, with both sides accusing the other of bullying and harassment.  Go to full article
Despite years of haggling, the number of issues that will need to be resolved during the final round of hearings has actually grown.

Debate, negotiations over Big Tupper resort leaves parties polarized

After years of public review, town hall meetings, mediation sessions and negotiations, the Adirondack Club and Resort project is entering its final phase.

An adjudicatory hearing will begin soon, possibly as early as next month, overseen by administrative law judge Daniel O'Connell.

When that hearing is finished, the Adirondack Park Agency will have sixty days to vote on whether the 600-unit resort should be given a permit or not.

But as Brian Mann reports, the various factions taking part in the hearing are still as deeply divided over key issues as they were half a decade ago.  Go to full article
I really dont want to see after four years of waiting to be told there is a time clock running and you have to fish or cut bait

After years of review, a "rush to judgment" on Tupper resort?

The debate over the Adirondack Club and Resort proposed for Tupper Lake has been underway in various forms for nearly seven years.

Developer Michael Foxman wants to build roughly six hundred mansions, homes and condos, while also reopening the Big Tupper ski resort.

Now the process is winding to a close, with the Adirondack Park Agency expected to vote on a permit sometime later this winter.

Today and tomorrow, we will be looking at how the final steps in this process could play out.

As Brian Mann reports, some Park Agency commissioners worry that after years of debate and delay, their decision could be made in haste.  Go to full article
Jim LaValley heads the Tupper Lake group ARISE
Jim LaValley heads the Tupper Lake group ARISE

Skiers and volunteers hope for snow on Big Tupper

It's been a tough couple of weeks for volunteers at Big Tupper. The ski mountain in Tupper Lake reopened last year after a decade of lying dormant. Over the summer, volunteers repaired a second chairlift and cleared more trails.

Jim LaValley is head of the group called ARISE, which led the effort. He says the only missing ingredient for this winter is a big dump of snow.  Go to full article
Here we are in October 2010 and we still have an incomplete application

DEC, APA resume Adk resort review

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says developers of the Adirondack Club and resort proposed in Tupper Lake still haven't submitted complete plans for a waste water treatment system.

State officials are resuming their review of the Adirondack Club and Resort.
At a session yesterday in Ray Brook, the Adirondack Park Agency suggested that as many as eight issues may still have to be explored, including waste water.
But an attorney for the DEC questioned whether the review could move forward without more details. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Resort developers Tom Lawson (L) and Michael Foxman (R) during yesterday's proceedings (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Resort developers Tom Lawson (L) and Michael Foxman (R) during yesterday's proceedings (Photos: Brian Mann)

Big Tupper developers win round in court, Nature Conservancy cries foul

Developers of a new resort in Tupper Lake won a major victory yesterday when a local jury awarded them road access to a 1200-acre parcel of land.

The decision will allow the Adirondack Club and Resort to maintain a short road easement across neighboring property owned by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.

The company says they needed access in order to move their project forward. The green group says the developers wanted to take their private property rights.

Brian Mann was in Tupper Lake and has our story.  Go to full article

Strange legal battle pits Nature Conservancy against Tupper developers

A strange kind of local trial is underway this week in Tupper Lake. Developer Michael Foxman and his partners are hoping to build the Adirondack Club and Resort on property that includes the old Big Tupper ski area.

But to gain permanent road access to more than 1200 acres of the resort property, the company needs legal rights to cross a small parcel of land owned by a neighbor. It turns out that neighbor is the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, which owns the Follensby Pond tract. The group hopes to sell the land to the state of New York to be added to the state forest preserve.

The Conservancy has said publicly that it doesn't want to sell or give away the access rights. So Foxman and his partners have begun a legal proceeding that could force the Conservancy to allow access to the road. The issue has sparked protests and an angry exchange in the Tupper Lake Free Press.

Brian Mann was in Tupper Lake yesterday and spoke about the case with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

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