Environmental groups to fight the Adirondack Club and Resort
The Adirondack Park Agency recently voted in favor of construction of the Adirondack Club and Resort, a project in the works since 2005. But now green groups are taking a stand.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 14:05
MOUNTAIN TOWN: The view of Tupper Lake, NY from nearby Mt. Arab. Tupper Lake is the proposed site for the Adirondack Club and Resort. (Photo: Janelle Hoh)
Ever since developer Michael Foxman first proposed his plan for the Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR) in 2005, there have been mixed emotions over the subject.
Tupper Lake, N.Y., would be the venue for the resort, and many feel Tupper Lake's economy needs a boost that the resort can provide. However, the ACR is set to be located on the doorsteps of the High Peaks Wilderness area. Environmentalists fear that this will endanger the back-country character of the area, a staple of the Adirondacks.
Despite opposition to the ACR, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) voted 10-to-1 in favor for the development in January 2012. Opposition to the project had until April 1, 2012 to challenge the APA's decision and on March 20, 2012, Protect the Adirondacks!, the Sierra Club and three neighboring landowners did just that. The full press release can be read on the Adirondack Daily Enterprise's website.
What is the Adirondack Club and Resort?
The ACR is a 6,000-plus acre resort that was designed with all the amenities: more than 650 houses, a 60 room hotel with a restaurant, an equestrian center, a clubhouse and much more. Also, the Big Tupper Ski Area and Tupper Lake's golf course were set to be revamped to improve the conditions of each attraction. In essence, the ACR would have a small town feeling in a rustic setting. The ACR would bring in construction jobs and employment maintaining each facility. Theoretically, the new jobs and new attractions would give local people employment and tourists a reason to visit, in turn helping the economy of the small mountain town. So why are environmental groups challenging the APA's decision to build this luxury resort?
The ACR is the largest project ever proposed to the APA. Many worry that building such a large scale development inside the Adirondack Blueline would set a risky precedent for developers. The buildings on the plot would be spaced out, so fragmentation of the habitat would occur, threatening the animals who live there. Those who filed the lawsuit are claiming that the APA is not doing its job. According to the APA's website, their mission is to "protect the forest preserve" and "oversee development proposals of the privately owned lands." The suing environmental groups are saying that recently, the APA is not sufficiently protecting the lands which it is supposed to protect.
For now, the future of the ACR is up in the air. The decision is in the hands of the court.
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