MALONE - Tupper Lake's representative on the Franklin County Board of Legislators took one last opportunity to make a public plea in the county seat for the Adirondack Club and Resort Thursday.
Republican Paul Maroun, who also recently took over as mayor of the village of Tupper Lake, first blasted environmental group Adirondack Wild for making a motion last week to reopen the state Adirondack Park Agency's adjudicatory hearing on the large-scale development. He said the group's only reason to do so was to delay the project getting an APA permit, which will cost developers more money, "and money kills the project if you can't get it going."
"To have these groups continually try to shut this project down is a disgrace," Maroun said.
Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun, R-Tupper Lake, tells his colleagues in Malone how important the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort development project would be for Tupper Lake and the county.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
He went on to note that Gov. Andrew Cuomo emphasized job creation in his State of the State address Wednesday. Maroun said that's what the ACR will do, without state and federal money, as well as increase the area's tax base.
"That's what we need in this county, and that's what we need in the North Country," Maroun said.
Maroun also noted how Cuomo said there are lobbyists for every type of person in schools except students. Maroun said he believes there are no real lobbyists to help the people of the Adirondack Park.
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 an inn, a marina and an equestrian center. The project is under review by the state Adirondack Park Agency and, as part of that process, was studied in a 19-day adjudicatory hearing. Parties submitted closing and response briefs in the fall, and the hearing record was closed Oct. 26.
The APA board is in the process of a three-month review of the project and expects to make a decision on Jan. 20.
"I'm calling on the governor, and the commissioners that are favorable of this project, not to just listen to the highly paid professional staffs that want to kill this project," Maroun said.
The county board's next regular meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, the second day of a scheduled three-day-long APA meeting that is expected to end in a decision on the resort's permit.