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ACR hearing postponed till January

December 19, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - The planning board has decided to delay a hearing on the Adirondack Club and Resort that was scheduled for Thursday night.

Town Planner Paul O'Leary said the original meeting notice went out with the correct date but the wrong day of the week. Planning board members decided that it would be best to put off the hearing on the first phase of the large-scale development project until January's regular meeting. That way there won't be problems with people showing up on the wrong day.

The other two hearings scheduled for Thursday night will continue as planned. There will be one hearing on Mark Jessie and Joe Hockey's plan to open a nanobrewery, Raquette River Brewing, on Balsam Avenue. They plan to brew a maximum of 185 barrels a year as they start out, and they hope to brew four regular beers plus seasonal brews.

There will also be a hearing on Rob Gillis' plan to subdivide property he owns off of Byram Road.

Those hearings will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and will be held in the lower level of the town hall at 120 Demars Blvd.

Next month's regular meeting would typically be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, though the planning board sometimes needs to shuffle its schedule to ensure enough members can attend to have a quorum.

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THE ADIRONDACK CLUB AND RESORT, proposed by a Pennsylvania-based investment group called Preserve Associates, would overhaul the Big Tupper Ski Area in Tupper Lake and build out the land around it with about 700 luxury housing units and various amenities including a spa, a marina and an equestrian center. The project received permits from the state Adirondack Park Agency on Jan. 20 after eight years of negotiating, reworking the application and an extensive adjudicatory hearing.

In March, two environmental groups and three nearby landowners filed a lawsuit to challenge the APA's decision. That suit is working its way through state courts.

In addition, the project must also obtain a number of other approvals, including from the state departments of Environmental Conservation and Health, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the local town-village planning board.



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