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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
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
Would a new village on the shore of Lake George make local taxes more fair?
Would a new village on the shore of Lake George make local taxes more fair?

Voters in Lake George area decide today whether to create new village

Voters in the Lake George area go to the polls today to decide whether they want to create a new village. The new community, called East Lake George, would be carved out of the towns of Fort Ann and Queensbury.

Supporters of the move say it would help to ease the high property tax burden on their mostly waterfront homes. The change drew fire from the Glens Falls Post-Star newspaper, which published an editorial yesterday urging voters to reject the plan.

Anthony Hall is publisher of the Lake George Mirror newspaper and he's been covering this story. He talked about today's vote with Brian Mann.

NOTE: The polls are open today at the North Queensbury Fire Station from noon until 9 pm.  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

Pataki Ally Faces APA Enforcement Over Lake Placid Mansion

The Adirondack Park Agency says a close ally of Governor Pataki damaged the environment when he began construction of a new mansion on a hillside overlooking Lake Placid. An APA committee ruled yesterday that Arthur Spiegel built a house twenty-feet taller than his permit allowed. They also claim that he put the structure on a steep hillside. The unfinished mansion is visible from Rt. 86, on the outskirts of the village. Some critics have called it an eyesore. But as Brian Mann reports, the Agency faces stiff political pressure in this case. The committee stopped short of calling for the house to be torn down.  Go to full article

Aspen Expert Says Adks. Face Resort Housing Crisis

This week we're focusing attention on the vacation home boom in the Adirondacks. At an affordable housing conference over the winter in Saranac Lake, regional leaders heard a presentation from Mick Ireland. Ireland is a local government leader in Aspen, Colorado. That resort community has fought back against the pressures of vacation home development, creating more than 2,000 units of protected middle-income housing. As Chris Knight reports, Ireland says the Adirondack Park should prepare itself for the same struggle.  Go to full article

Study: Middle Income Housing Costs in ADKs Nearly Double

The Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Tourism surveyed hundreds of employers and employees throughout the Tri-Lakes. The study found hundreds of families dissatisfied with the cost and availability of middle income homes. CAST director Ernest Hohmeyer spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Construction Boom Could Harm ADK Water, Wildlife & Scenery

The Adirondack Park Agency faces a growing wave of housing subdivisions and resort developments. Most of these projects are driven by a white hot market for vacation homes. APA officials say they're doing their best to limit the impact of the construction boom on the Park's environment. But as Brian Mann reports, environmentalists and some APA commissioners worry that wildlife, water quality, and the Park's scenic views are being harmed.  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

Big Resort Development Planned For North Creek

A developer plans to build more than 170 new condos in North Creek. The 300-acre project will also include a hotel, a spa, and a nine-hole golf course. As Brian Mann reports, this is the latest in a wave of new vacation home developments in the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article

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