TUPPER LAKE - A hearing on the first phase of the Adirondack Club and Resort has been moved from the town hall to the train station.
Town Planner Paul O'Leary told the Enterprise he has been asking around and doesn't know whether many people are planning to show up or not. But planning board Chairman Jim Larkin decided it would be better to hold the hearing in a location that allows for more people, just in case.
"Chairman Larkin thought it would be best to cover all bases," O'Leary said.
The first phase of the resort planned for the Big Tupper Ski Area and the land around it includes the development of all the project's large "great camp" lots and some of the small ones. A total of 22 lots will be included, with one lot dedicated to a road, three open-space lots and 18 single-family residences. It will involve 3,625 acres of the 6,235 total in the project site.
The hearing is set to start at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the train depot on Depot Street, but O'Leary said the board will probably wait to start a few minutes after the hour to give people time to find the train station.
He plans to post a notice of the change at the town hall, in case anyone shows up there.
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, 2012, after eight years of negotiating, reworking the application and an extensive adjudicatory hearing.
In March 2012, 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.
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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