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Adk. Club and Resort approval upheld by court

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Updated: 8:31 AM



TUPPER LAKE -- It looks as if the Adirondack Club and Resort project here will actually become a reality following an Appellate Division ruling released earlier this month.

The court unanimously affirmed the Adirondack Park Agency's 2012 approval of the project, which had been challenged by environmental groups Protect The Adirondacks and the Sierra Club as well as two landowners here.

The project has been in the works since 2004.

It will start with renovating Big Tupper Ski Area. Preserve Associates' plan is to eventually build 35 "great camps," 206 single-family homes, 125 townhouses, a 60-room hotel, a marina and more on the 6,253 acres it owns.

The plaintiffs have 60 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. However, that can happen only with the permission of the Appellate Division judges.

Preserve Associates' Tom Lawson told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in May that the firm has $20 million in property reservations. The largest parcel is the Moody Pond Lot on the Raquette River.

According to the APA, over 5,000 acres will be retained as open space.

Construction of the Adirondack Club and Resort is projected to last 15 years. Preserve Associates has projected over $142 million of direct construction wages will be paid, stimulating an additional $319 million in earned income for workers employed in related industries.

At full operation, the Adirondack Club and Resort is projected to employ 236 full-time workers. The regional impact of this employment is predicted to exceed $7.3 million in yearly secondary wage impacts.

In addition, the re-opening of the ski center is projected to attract 100,000 skier visits a year resulting in $22.6 million in additional tourism revenue..


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