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Planning board to decide on ACR phase Thursday

No conflicts for fire hall forum

February 26, 2013
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - The planning board meeting that is expected to bring a decision on the first phase of the Adirondack Club and Resort is being held Thursday instead of the board's normal Wednesday night time.

That clears up a potential scheduling conflict for Tupper Lakers. A committee working on plans for a new emergency building is holding a forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library.

Assistant Town Planner Mike Fritts said the planning board meeting was scheduled for Thursday so ACR attorney Bob Sweeney could be there.

The first phase of the ACR would build out 22 lots on about 3,200 acres on the east side of the project grounds, including 18 single-family homes that have private sewer, water and roads.

The planning board's attorney, Kirk Gagnier, has been negotiating with Sweeney a set of conditions that will be attached to the permit.

The ACR is the only project on the planning board's Thursday night agenda, as it stood on Monday. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the town hall.

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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, 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.

In addition to that, 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.


Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 26 or



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