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Park Agency commissioners vote 10-to-1 to approve the massive resort. Photos: Brian Mann
Park Agency commissioners vote 10-to-1 to approve the massive resort. Photos: Brian Mann

In historic APA decision, commissioners downplay environmental risks

On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency voted to approve the largest project in the Park's modern history, giving the green light to a massive resort planned around the Big Tupper ski area.

Supporters hope the project will bring hundreds of jobs to the Adirondacks, and revitalize the economy of Tupper Lake. Hundreds of people gathered in the village Friday night to celebrate the historic decision.

Critics say developers haven't developed a realistic business plan for the resort. And they worry that hundreds of mansions and condos will create sprawl on the edge of one of the Park's biggest wilderness areas. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Michael Foxman and Tom Lawson, Big Tupper's lead developers, conferring immediately after Friday's vote (Photo:  Mark Kurtz for NCPR)
Michael Foxman and Tom Lawson, Big Tupper's lead developers, conferring immediately after Friday's vote (Photo: Mark Kurtz for NCPR)

Adirondack Park Agency approves Big Tupper resort on 10-to-1 vote, winning acclaim and condemnation

Just before mid-day, the Adironack Park Agency voted 10-to-1 to approve development of a massive new resort in Tupper Lake. The vote at APA headquarters in Ray Brook sparked a standing ovation from the project's supporters who crowded the hearing room.

The Adirondack Club and Resort project has been under review for seven years. In their final deliberations, commissioners acknowledged lingering questions about environmental impacts and the economic plan behind the development.

Several board members called the decision "agonizing." But in the end, it was a decisive vote. NCPR's Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann spoke with Nora Flaherty about the decision.  Go to full article
Environmentalists like Richard Brummel have struggled to gain traction with their opposition to the Big Tupper resort. Photos: Brian Mann
Environmentalists like Richard Brummel have struggled to gain traction with their opposition to the Big Tupper resort. Photos: Brian Mann

As Big Tupper resort decision looms, environmentalists face setbacks, divisions

The Adirondack Park Agency is down to the wire in its review of the massive resort project proposed for Tupper Lake. Developers hope to build more than 700 luxury homes and condos near the Big Tupper ski area, along with a new marina, ski lodge and equestrian center. A final decision from the APA is expected on Friday.

In this last week of deliberations, environmental groups have ramped up their opposition to the resort. But their efforts to delay a decision and to spark more public opposition haven't gained much traction. As Brian Mann reports, the Park's biggest green group broke ranks yesterday and said the APA should allow the project the project to go forward.  Go to full article
APA commissioners tour the Big Tupper site.  APA project analyst Ed Snizek is at left (Photo:  Brian Mann)
APA commissioners tour the Big Tupper site. APA project analyst Ed Snizek is at left (Photo: Brian Mann)

Did APA procedures and regulations fall short during Big Tupper review?

Next month, the Adirondack Park Agency will bring to a close its seven-year review of the Big Tupper resort proposed for Tupper Lake. Developers hope to build more than 700 luxury homes and condos, as well as a new ski lodge, equestrian center and marina. It's the biggest single project the APA has ever reviewed.

But as the process grinds to a finish, a growing number of critics say fundamental questions about the resort's environmental impacts still haven't been answered. As Brian Mann reports, even some members of the APA commission are asking whether state policies and regulations are adequate to handle such a massive and complex project.  Go to full article
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
Big Tupper developer Tom Lawson says he hopes to break ground immediately (NCPR file photo)
Big Tupper developer Tom Lawson says he hopes to break ground immediately (NCPR file photo)

Big questions linger about Big Tupper biz plan

On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency commission delved deep into the business plan for the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort. The APA will vote in January on whether to approve the massive project, which supporters hope will revitalize the economy in Tupper Lake. The development has been on the drawing table for years, with more than seven hundred condos and mansions, along with a marina, equestrian center and modern ski hill.

One part of the Park Agency's review involves determining whether the project will have negative economic impacts on the community. As Brian Mann reports, that effort is complicated by the fact that there are still a lot of unanswered questions about how the resort will be financed and built.  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
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
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

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