TUPPER LAKE - The town board passed a resolution Monday night supporting the Adirondack Club and Resort.
The board has passed resolutions in the past expressing its support for the large-scale development planned for the Big Tupper Ski Area, but this week, the one-year anniversary of the project winning approval from the state Adirondack Park Agency, the resolution was worded differently.
Instead of looking forward to the project and asking that the APA pass it, this resolution noted that the APA voted 10 to 1 to approve it a year ago.
Tupper Lake town Councilwoman Kathy Lefebvre reads a resolution she offered, and the town board approved unanimously, in support of the Adirondack Club and Resort Monday afternoon.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
This one takes shots at the Sierra Club and Protect the Adirondacks, the two groups that, along with three neighbors to the project, are suing to challenge the APA's decision. The resolution calls the lawsuit "frivolous, time consuming and extremely expensive," and says the "community's economy continues to suffer because of this." It states that the town board believes there are no legal grounds for the lawsuit since the APA spent more than eight years reviewing the project.
The resolution alleges that both groups "have only shown that neither group cares about the economic wellbeing of the year round residents of the Adirondack Park, and in particular Tupper Lake, by their actions with regards to their current lawsuit and the fact that it is being used as a tool to discourage financial investment on the part of potential investors who have already waited over eight years to see this worthwhile project begin."
The resolution asks that the courts rule in favor of the ACR in the case and that the two environmental groups be responsible for all the legal fees the state and the ACR investors are spending, and it encourages other municipalities to pass similar resolutions and send them to area politicians and newspapers.
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 to that, 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.
Councilwoman Kathy Lefebvre offered the resolution for approval, and the rest of the board members supported it emphatically.
"I just think, it's been a year," Lefebvre said.
Councilwoman Patti Littlefield said this confirms what's been done in the past by the board, and she doesn't believe anyone in Tupper Lake has changed his or her opinion on the project.
"I think it's good to do this," Littlefield said.
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