TUPPER LAKE - The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce is looking to keep up the momentum the local economy had after the Adirondack Club and Resort was approved, despite a lawsuit challenging the project's permit.
The chamber is coordinating the making of a video to highlight the challenges of Tupper Lake's current economy.
"The lawsuit is delaying business and the economy in Tupper Lake. It's delaying something that is more than likely going to happen," said Faith Bedore, events coordinator for the town, village and chamber, who is helping plan the video. "The point of the video is to show the faces of the people that this lawsuit affects."
Bedore and other organizers have been going to different businesses around town to film them and learn about the struggles they're going through. She said she's learned a lot throughout the process.
She said the chamber doesn't expect to change the outcome of the lawsuit.
"We're just trying to keep our momentum going in the right direction," she said.
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 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 due in court in May.
The project must also obtain 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.
When she began working at the chamber offices in January, Bedore said the chamber was seeing people call and stop in for relocation packets and to drop off resumes.
"Everyone wanted a piece of Tupper Lake," Bedore said.
But when the lawsuit was filed in March with the state by Protect the Adirondacks, the Sierra Club and landowners Phyllis Thompson and Bob and Leslie Harrison, that stream of interest dried up and stopped.
For one upcoming scene in the video, the chamber wants to gather people at the Big Tupper Ski Area on May 19.
"We're just going to stand there with our signs that say '10 to 1,'" Bedore said.
Big Tupper will offer free chairlift rides from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and at 11 a.m., videographers will gather people to shoot the footage. They ask people to come wearing Ski Big Tupper apparel.
For more information, call the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce at 518-359-3328.