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Resort files plan with APA

June 30, 2010
By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer

TUPPER LAKE - After months of setbacks, the state Adirondack Park Agency received a revised application for the Adirondack Club and Resort Monday.

The LA Group, a Saratoga-based engineering firm that has been revising the plans, hand-delivered the large hard copy to the APA headquarters in Ray Brook, APA spokesman Keith McKeever said.

The project's lead developer, Michael Foxman, told the Enterprise Tuesday the revised materials consisted of more than 200 pages of engineering drawings, about 60 pages of fiscal and economic impact studies, and more.

"I'm just glad it's in," Foxman said.

The revised application is the latest step in the process of getting an APA permit for the ACR project, which would raze and rebuild the Big Tupper Ski Area and develop the land around it with about 500 luxury housing units and other amenities including a spa, a marina and an equestrian center.

The project, first proposed in 2004, has been stalled time and time again. Before it would issue a permit, the APA pushed the project into an adjudicatory hearing in 2007 to examine 10 major issues. Shortly after that, Foxman put a hold on the hearing to conduct a formal, confidential mediation process with more than 30 interested parties, overseen by an administrative law judge. Foxman cut that process short to have informal meetings with smaller groups.

One year ago, on June 23, 2009, Foxman resumed the mediation for a single session, then called an end to it. He agreed to submit changes to his APA permit application, and at the time, most of the mediation parties said they expected to start the adjudicatory hearing in January 2010, with application materials expected in November or December.

That date was pushed back several times; Foxman has said this was due to the large amount of work needed to be done and the large amount of money needed to fund such revisions.

Now that the revised application has been submitted, Foxman said he hopes the adjudicatory hearing can start up again in August. He said he believes it will go quickly.

Developers have said they'd like a thorny right-of-way issue to be resolved before completing the APA process. Foxman has applied to the town of Tupper Lake to take a right of way across a road that is part of the Follensby tract, which the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy bought in 2008. The Conservancy sued for a temporary halt to that procedure earlier this month, and a state judge ordered the town hearing postponed for two months.

But Foxman said he expects that issue to be resolved in August, so he thinks it will be in place by the time the adjudicatory hearing gets under way.

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Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 25 or jcollier@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.

 
 

 

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