Lawson: Tupper resort close to securing permits

Adirondack Club and Resort Developer Tom Lawson (Enterprise photo — Tom Salitsky)

TUPPER LAKE — The town-village Joint Planning Board approved another extension of the Adirondack Club and Resort’s permit Wednesday night.

The meeting marked the 13th time the board granted such an extension since February 2013, when it first gave conditional final approval to Planned Development District 1, a 3,200-acre section of the 6,200-acre resort containing 18 “great camp” lots.

The project has had to continually renew the permit as it expires every 90 days, but ACR developer Tom Lawson said he expects this renewal to be the final one. He said the development group is weeks away from securing all the necessary permits.

“I expect to be in here within the next week or two asking for final approval,” Lawson said. “I could wait for the next meeting or possibly — I don’t know about a special meeting — but it’s been a long, winding road, and we’re getting to the end here. We’re ready to start sales in the first quarter of next year.”

The developers had been working on obtaining the approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Conservation to construct Pond Road, running 5.5 miles from the Lake Simond Road extension to the 1,200-acre Moody Pond lot, the development’s largest parcel, and the other 17 “great camp” lots.

“The bottom line is we’ve accomplished what we think are our goals and we’re ready to go to closing soon,” Lawson said. “I think in the first two weeks of January, we’ll be asking for the final.”

The developers say they currently have five agreements of sale in escrow on the lots, ranging from $1.5 to $5 million each, Lawson said. Lawson and his partners seek to simultaneously purchase that land, which is owned by the Oval Wood Dish Company, and sell those lots.

“We’re actually just getting started again,” Lawson said. “It will be a fresh start, and it will be good for everybody.”

Lawson said plans moving forward include upgrades to Lake Simond Road in the spring, completion of wells on the lots and installation of septic and electrical systems.

The resort will start by providing lot owners with temporary electrical generators they can use during construction periods.

In other business, the planning board approved a special review use permit for Flanders Park for construction of the bandshell in an open space and recreation zone, and it signed off on an amendment to Raquette River Brewing’s permit to eliminate its beer tent and construct a 32-by-96-foot pavilion.

The board also granted a special review use permit to Family Champions of the North Country, a charity that distributes essentials to low-income families, to relocate its operation to 75 Wawbeek Ave. and a permit to Ken Stoll to relocate the Stoll Mechanical office and company storage to 241 Park St.

“I’m just happy to see this building renovation and rehab thing rolling through town a little bit,” board member Jim Merrihew said, “Different building improvements, you know, like a snowball, it starts out small. So these folks that are doing that are setting a great standard for sure, and hopefully it’ll continue.”