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$400 Million Big Tupper Plan Echoes Across Adks

In Tupper Lake, the local planning commission is finishing work on new zoning rules that will govern the proposed $400 million resort around the Big Tupper ski area. The Adirondack Park Agency has also begun a review of the project. Developer Michael Foxman, from Philadelphia, hopes to build more than 700 mansions, condos and townhouses over roughly six thousand acres. It would be the biggest project in the Adirondacks in the last 25 years. Yesterday, we looked at some of the environmental questions surrounding the resort. This morning, in part two of our report, Brian Mann looks at how this project could shape development across the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article
One of the camps that would be cleared to make way for the new resort (Source: Jack Delahanty)
One of the camps that would be cleared to make way for the new resort (Source: Jack Delahanty)

Environment Questions at Big Tupper Anything But Clear Cut

The 6000-acre resort proposed for Tupper Lake would be the biggest project in the Adirondacks since the Olympic games a quarter century ago. Investors from Philadelphia want to build more than 700 mansions, townhouses and condos near the Big Tupper Ski area. This week, the company will submit their application to the Adirondack Park Agency. Conservation groups and some local residents say a plan to build "great camp" style estates on the property would damage the forest and disrupt wildlife. But as Brian Mann reports, the environmental issues aren't as clear-cut as some critics say.

Tomorrow during the Eight O'Clock Hour Brian reports on the park-wide implications of the Big Tupper Resort project. Green groups and some loggers say this development could set precedents that would alter the Adirondack backcountry forever.  Go to full article

Tupper Resort Draws Pros, Cons, and Questions

Local people filled the Tupper Lake High School auditorium last night to discuss the proposed resort around the Big Tupper Ski Area. Developer Michael Foxman hopes to build more than 700 condos, townhouses and great camps on roughly 6,000 acres. Project supporters organized the session, hoping to ease concerns about the impacts of the project. As Brian Mann reports, the session offered people a chance to ask blunt questions about the resort and its impact on the economy and on taxes.  Go to full article

Tupper Locals Urge Careful Review of Resort

Tupper Lake's town board held a public hearing last night to take comments on zoning changes proposed by developer Michael Foxman. Foxman hopes to build a seven hundred home resort near the Big Tupper ski area. Supporters of the project hoped to see a vote on the new zoning rules this month. But as Brian Mann reports, the effort to win quick approval faces growing opposition.  Go to full article

"Seasonals" Enter Big Tupper Debate

Town officials in Tupper Lake will hold a hearing tonight to discuss zoning changes for the proposed resort around the Big Tupper ski area. Pennsylvania developer Michael Foxman hopes to build 700 condos and luxury great camps on a six thousand acre parcel on the edge of the village. No zoning decisions will be made tonight, but board members will take public comments. A new town supervisor, Roger Amell, will be sworn in after the New Year. Officials are also waiting for recommendations from an outside consultant and the town planning board. At a meeting yesterday, the town did approve new water and sewer districts for the resort project. Meanwhile, a new group issued a statement on Tuesday urging the town to reject the zoning changes. The group calls itself "Concerned Citizens of Tupper Lake". In fact, the organizers are all seasonal residents. Many of them own camps and vacation homes near the proposed development and have been outspoken critics. The growing activism of seasonal residents has been controversial. Brian Mann spoke with Phyllis Thompson. She's a professor and administrator at a small liberal arts college in Houston, Texas, who spends part of each year at her camp on the shore of Lake Simond.  Go to full article

Tupper Board Blasts Draft Rules for New Resort

Tupper Lake's town planning board is urging local officials to reject a set of zoning rules proposed by developer Michael Foxman. Foxman's company, Preserve Associates, hopes to develop a 700-unit resort around the Big Tupper Ski Area. The company wants to bundle the massive project into a single zoning district, governed by more streamlined planning rules. But in a report made public yesterday, an outside consultant says the rules, as drafted, would strip town leaders of control. As Brian Mann reports, planning board members have asked the town for more time to propose their own set of changes.  Go to full article

Tupper Delays Resort Zoning Changes

Tupper Lake residents last night asked the town board not to rush into a series of zoning changes requested by developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort project. The resort is the largest project ever reviewed by the Adirondack Park Agency: some 6,000 acres, including the former Big Tupper Ski Area. The developers say they need the zoning changes to move the proposal along. But, as Chris Knight reports, the town board delayed a vote and will try to answer some of the questions raised last night.  Go to full article

Tupper Resort Hearing Goes Forward

In Tupper Lake tonight locals will meet in the town hall to discuss a proposed zoning change intended to help the Big Tupper resort project. This is the first major public hearing on the project since last month's election. As Brian Mann reports, key decisions could be made before the new slate of elected officials takes office.  Go to full article

Tupper Lake Resort Boosters Lose Election

Two local politicians who supported the massive new resort development in Tupper Lake were voted out of office yesterday. The incumbent mayor Sandra Strader and town supervisor Gregory LaFrance each drew only about a third of the votes in their races. As Brian Mann reports, many local residents still have doubts about the project's funding and its impact on the quality of life in Tupper Lake.  Go to full article

Developers Close Big Tupper Sale

Pennsylvania-based investors have closed the deal on the centerpiece of a proposed resort in Tupper Lake, the former Big Tupper Ski Area. Preserve Associates and Big Tupper LLC are behind the Adirondack Club and Resort, a proposed development that would re-open the ski Area and build 700 new homes over 6400 acres. The developers, led by Michael Foxman, paid about $1.3 million for the Ski Area. According to the Associated Press, they paid another $4 million for the surrounding timber land. As Chris Knight reports, the deal comes two weeks before the resort's application is due at the Adirondack Park Agency, and prior to an election that could change the political leadership in Tupper Lake.  Go to full article

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