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Adirondack Council faces questions, controversy over Tupper resort

A public hearing resumes today in Tupper Lake, reviewing plans for the Adirondack Club and Resort. The 700-unit development would be the largest single project in the Park's history. One of the resort's fiercest and most controversial critics is the Adirondack Council, a pro-environment group. Some locals have accused the Council of making inaccurate statements as it fights to block the project. In an editorial published last month, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise accused the environmental organization of being "patronizing...and kind of clueless." Brian Mann sat down recently to discuss the project and the controversy with Council spokesman John Sheehan. Sheehan says he doubts the Big Tupper project will be approved in its current form.  Go to full article
New APA chairman Curt Stiles inspecting Upper Saranac Lake (Source:  USL Foundation)
New APA chairman Curt Stiles inspecting Upper Saranac Lake (Source: USL Foundation)

Key Senate committees approve Stiles for APA chair

Late last night two key state Senate committees voted to confirm Curt Stiles as the new chair of the Adirondack Park Agency. Stiles lives on Upper Saranac Lake and sits on the Adirondack Council board. The Governor also appointed environmental attorney and professor Dick Booth from Ithaca and he reappointed Lake Pleasant town supervisor Frank Mezzano. As Brian Mann reports, the appointments drew mixed reviews from green groups and from local government leaders.  Go to full article

Developer: best case 2009 for Tupper resort groundbreaking

There's been little progress this summer on the Big Tupper resort. Philadelphia developer Michael Foxman has requested two delays in the adjudicatory hearing that began in the spring. Foxman has also asked for mediation with pro-environment groups that oppose the project, which would be the largest resort development in Adirondack history. State officials, meanwhile, reported this week that their requests for more information have gone unanswered this summer. Franklin County officials also say that they've suspended consideration of issuing $54 million dollars worth of bonds for the project. That process won't begin until the APA issues a final permit. These delays have delighted critics of the project. In a recent interview, environmental activist Peter Bauer speculated that the Adirondack Club and Resort appeared to be "dead in its current form." Speaking yesterday with Brian Mann, developer Michael Foxman conceded that he won't break ground until at least 2009. But Foxman says the project is still alive.  Go to full article

$1 million in seed money to help Adk hamlets grow

Sustainable development was the buzz-phrase at a high-level gathering yesterday in Lake George. Some of the Spitzer administration's most powerful officials unveiled a million-dollar grant program designed to help Adirondack communities improve their economies. As Brian Mann reports, some local leaders hope the money will help hamlets in the Park expand their borders.  Go to full article
APA chairman Ross Whaley
APA chairman Ross Whaley

Spitzer considers reappointing APA chairman Whaley

An Albany newspaper reported on Sunday that Governor Spitzer is considering whether to reappoint Adirondack Park Agency chairman Ross Whaley to another term. The move comes after the Republican Senate rejected Spitzer's top choice for the influential post, which comes with an annual salary of $30,000. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Standoff brewing in Albany over Spitzer's choice to head the APA

State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury, says she'll work to block confirmation hearings for the man Governor Spitzer wants to head the Adirondack Park Agency. Dick Booth, a professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, was appointed by Spitzer to the APA board earlier this week. The governor says Booth should take over as chairman of the agency. The nomination drew fierce criticism from local government leaders, because of Booth's close ties to pro-environment groups and because he lives outside the blue line.  Go to full article

North Creek wind projects moves ahead

A plan to build a wind farm near the Gore Mt. ski area cleared a major hurdle yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Ticonderoga Lowe's approved, sign issue remains

In a surprise move, the Adirondack Park Agency yesterday issued a permit approving construction of a new Lowe's superstore in Ticonderoga. The 153,000 square-foot store will sit next to the community's Wal-Mart store on the outskirts of the village. As Brian Mann reports, the Agency still hasn't approved a controversial 300 square-foot sign proposed for the front of the building.  Go to full article
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre

APA Explores Roll In Affordable Housing

The Adirondack Park Agency begins two days of meetings today with local government leaders. This year's seminar in Saranac Lake will focus on affordable housing. Many elected officials, including state Senator Betty Little, say local residents are being squeezed out of mountain villages by skyrocketing home prices and property taxes. In other parts of the country, zoning agencies similar to the APA have played a major role in establishing affordable housing programs. Brian Mann spoke with APA executive director Dick LeFebvre and communications director Keith McKeever. They say the Agency is still exploring the role it will take in encouraging new projects.  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

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