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Environmental Group Opposes Tupper Resort

A pro-environment group has stepped up as the first major organization to oppose the Adirondack Club development in Tupper Lake. The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks says large-scale resort developments like the Big Tupper project could splinter private land that has long been used for logging and wildlife habitat. Environmental groups have also raised questions about proposed large-scale developments in Jay, Old Forge, and North Creek. The association's Dan Plumley spoke yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Big Tupper Developer Withdraws Annexation Request

Developer Michael Foxman has withdrawn his request to have the Village of Tupper Lake's boundaries redrawn to include his proposed 700-unit resort home project. As Chris Knight reports, Foxman received conflicting legal advice about whether it's possible to annex the land from the Town of Tupper Lake into the village.  Go to full article

Big Tupper Resort: APA Says Dozens of Questions Need to be Answered

The Adirondack Park Agency issued a thirty-three page report yesterday, raising questions about key aspects of a new resort proposed for Tupper Lake. APA staff want more information about the development's impact on wetlands and forests. But as Brian Mann reports, state officials also want details about management of the Big Tupper ski area. And they want to know how the massive vacation home project will affect local residents.  Go to full article

Huge Resort Proposed In Tupper Lake Sparks Excitement & Worry

In the coming months, people in Tupper Lake will decide whether to support a huge new resort development in the hills above the village. The project - with more than 700 vacation homes and condos -- will be funded, in part, with village bonds worth tens of millions of dollars. The developer has also asked for a tax break from Franklin County for those who buy the four hundred thousand dollar vacation homes. Boosters of the project say the deal comes with very little risk for the community and would revitalize a town that's been losing population and businesses for decades. Brian Mann attended a community gathering yesterday in Tupper Lake. He found that many people support the project. But questions linger about financing. Some locals also worry that their quiet village could change beyond recognition.  Go to full article

Opinion: Tupper Resort Should be Built Without Public Subsidies

A huge vacation home development in Tupper Lake could reshape the town's economy. According to consultants working on the project, the 700-unit resort would be the biggest new project in the Adirondacks since the 1980 Winter Olympics. Support for the development is strong in Tupper Lake. But many locals still have questions about how the project will be financed. Peter Crowley is managing editor for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, a regional newspaper based in Saranac Lake. Crowley and the paper's editorial board say questions about public funding and tax subsidies should be answered before the project goes forward.  Go to full article
APA Chairman Ross Whaley Called For Further Review
APA Chairman Ross Whaley Called For Further Review

Special Report: APA Staff Divided On Big Tupper Great Camps

The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing a proposed resort development in Tupper Lake that would mean construction of more than 800 vacation homes and condos. A cornerstone of the project are the 25 "great camp" sized lots that would spread over roughly two thousand acres. Environmentalists and some locals say the great camp subdivision could damage the forest and disrupt wildlife habitat. An APA report issued last month played down those concerns. But an investigation by North Country Public Radio has found that members of the Park Agency's own review team were deeply troubled by the project. As Brian Mann reports, their recommendations were over-ruled by the APA's executive team and their environmental concerns were never made public.  Go to full article

Environment Impacts of "Exurban Development" Like Big Tupper Poorly Understood

The Big Tupper resort development is widely seen as the first big crest of a development wave that's hitting privately owned forestland across the Adirondack Park. Brian Mann spoke with Heidi Kretser, a graduate student at Cornell University who's studying the impact of "exurban" development on northeastern forests. She says a lot of questions are still unanswered.  Go to full article

Tupper Lake Developer Reveals Backers

The Pennsylvania developer who hopes to build a massive vacation home resort in Tupper Lake has unveiled his team of investors. Michael Foxman plans to sell building lots for more than eight hundred homes and condos on a parcel surrounding the Big Tupper Ski area. The project is now under review by the Adirondack Park Agency. Foxman has faced questions about his background, which includes a Federal indictment in the 1990s following the collapse of a savings and loan. Last week, he provided the names and resumes for a half-dozen principal partners, who will spend roughly seven million dollars to acquire the Big Tupper property. As Chris Knight reports, local officials in Tupper Lake say they're confident that this team has the experience to make the project successful.  Go to full article

Big Tupper Development Will Require Big Public Investment

The Adirondack Park Agency has begun its review of a massive new housing development in Tupper Lake. The proposal would mean more than eight hundred new condos and high-end vacation homes, built on a six-thousand acre parcel surrounding the Big Tupper Ski area. The development has broad support in Tupper Lake. But many locals still have questions about the project's financing. It appears that much of the infrastructure -- roads, sewers, and electrical lines -- will be built by state and local governments. As Brian Mann reports, local officials and the project's developers say taxpayers will be protected. But they've refused to say how much the public investment will cost.

CORRECTION: In Brian Mann's story on the Big Tupper development that aired December 24th, 2004, we reported that Tupper Lake resident Jim Ellis was working as a paid consultant for the project. The story mistakenly implied that Ellis had been hired by the project's developer, Preserve Associates. Jim Ellis works for the Adirondack North Country Association and as a consultant for the town and village. He has not received any compensation from Michael Foxman or the developers of Big Tupper. We apologize for the error.  Go to full article
Big Simon Hunting & Fishing Club
Big Simon Hunting & Fishing Club

Tupper Lake: New Resort Development Will Close Historic Hunting Club

A historic sportsmen's club in Tupper Lake is expected to lose access to more than two thousand acres of forest land. Local members have been hunting and fishing on the land for more than fifty years. As Chris Knight reports, a new housing development at the Big Tupper ski area will end the lease.  Go to full article

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