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APA will begin deliberations on Tupper Lake resort

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The Adirondack Park Agency will begin deliberations on the Adirondack Club and Resort — one of the largest real estate developments the agency has ever reviewed — at its meeting Thursday and Friday in Ray Brook.

Developers want to revitalize Big Tupper Ski area and build more than 700 living units, including two dozen great camps, on more than 6,000 mostly undeveloped acres.

Supporters believe the project will boost the local economy.

Opponents view the project as bloated and want it scaled back and reworked.

On Monday, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, a party to the hearing, issued a release asking the APA to deny the project a permit so the developers could resubmit a design more in keeping with conservation practices.

The statement quoted conservation biologist Michael Klemens saying “the club and resort is classic sprawl on steroids.”

The APA meeting will be webcast live. Because of the interest in the project and space limitations at the APA’s headquarters, the public may view the webcast live starting at 9 a.m. both days at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

The APA board will continue its review of the project at its Dec. 15-16 and Jan. 19-20 meetings.

A decision is expected at the January meeting.

Public comment will not be accepted at the meetings.

Anyone planning to attend this week’s session at Ray Brook is asked to notify Deborah Lester, 518-891-4050 by Wednesday.

Anyone who wants to view the webcast at the Wild Center is asked to call Sally Gross, 518-359-7800, ext. 116.

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