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Planning board holds resort hearings Thursday

December 18, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - The planning board will hold hearings Thursday on the first phase of the Adirondack Club and Resort, as well as a small brewery and a subdivision.

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.

ACR attorney Bob Sweeney told planning board members at their November meeting that it might be possible to skip holding such a hearing if they found the first part of the project to be consistent enough with the preliminary approval they gave the project in November 2010. But town Planner Paul O'Leary told the Enterprise Monday that planning board Attorney Kirk Gagnier advised board members to hold one.

Also up for a hearing Thursday is Mark Jessie and Joe Hockey's plan to open a nanobrewery, Raquette River Brewing, on Balsam Avenue. They plan to brew a maximum of 185 barrels a year as they start out, and they hope to brew four regular beers plus seasonal brews.

There will also be a hearing on Rob Gillis' plan to subdivide property he owns off of Byram Road.

The hearings begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and will be held in the lower level of the town hall at 120 Demars Blvd.

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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, 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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