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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
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
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

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