Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board met Wednesday, Jan. 18 at its headquarters to continue reviewing the Adirondack Club and Resort project proposed for the town of Tupper Lake.
The APA has dedicated most of its meeting time in November, December and January to the Adirondack Club and Resort, and commissioners are expected to vote on the permit Friday, Jan. 20. The board normally meets for two days each month, a Thursday and Friday; however, due to the extensive amount of material during this review and deliberation, commissioners will meet for three days this month, Jan. 18-20.
Early in Wednesday's meeting, APA Executive Director Terry Martino introduced the Executive Team of staff members: John Banta, Sarah Reynolds, Greg Bendell, Ed Snizek, Rick Weber and Matt Kendall. Martino is also a member of the team.
“Over the next three days, the Executive Team will again be available for aid and advice,” Martino said. “The Executive Team looks forward to the Board's deliberation.”
Wednesday's agenda items included: Adirondack Wild Motion (Banta); Financial Impact and Economic Benefits (Dan Kelleher); Statutory Framework (Reynolds); Project Compatibility with the Land Use and Development Plan: Board Roundtable Discussion/Q & A (Chairwoman Leilani Ulrich); and Permit Structure/Project Management (Reynolds).
The meeting will continue on Thursday, Jan. 19 and conclude on Friday, Jan. 20.
The Board will convene on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. and end its business at 5 p.m. On Friday, the Board will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. to undertake matters not related to the Adirondack Club and Resort. The Board will resume its deliberation on project 2005-100 at 9 a.m. and it is anticipated the meeting will conclude by 1 p.m.
The Agency Public Comment Policy does not allow any public comment related to matters before the Board for action. Therefore, the Agency cannot accept any public commentary on Project 2005-100 until a vote is taken.
The Agency requests that anyone planning to attend the January meeting at the Agency's Ray Brook headquarters please RSVP to Deborah Lester at 518-891-4050 by Jan. 17, 2012.
People interested in viewing the webcast at the Wild Center are encouraged to contact Sally Gross at 518-359-7800 extension 116.
About the project
The 2005-100 project application was filed by Preserve Associates, LLC (Sponsor), and Big Tupper, LLC, Tupper Lake Boat Club, LLC, and Oval Wood Dish Liquidating Trust (Landowners) for an Agency permit for a mixed commercial and residential development on the sites of the former Big Tupper Ski Area, former McDonald's Marina and the surrounding Oval Wood Dish lands in the Town of Tupper Lake, Franklin County. The development proposal was first announced in February 2004.
See a map of existing landowners around the project.
The project site is approximately 6,235± acres of property and includes lands of the former Big Tupper Ski Area, the surrounding Oval Wood Dish landholdings, and the former McDonalds Marina. Most of the site is located east of NYS Route 30, except for the marina and two other small parcels that are located west of Route 30. The site includes about 1,800± feet of frontage on Lake Simond and about 235± feet on Big Tupper Lake at the marina.
The applicant proposes to develop a planned resort development with a ski center, a marina with 40 boat slips, an equestrian facility, a resort owners' clubhouse, a gym/spa recreation center, recreation trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, a 60-unit West Face Inn, and 706 single-family and multiple-family residential dwelling units: 206 single-family dwellings; 39 Great Camps; eight Artist Cabins at the base lodge area of the ski center; and 453 townhouse units (duplexes, triplexes and quadplexes).
The applicant proposes to undertake the project in four phases over 15 years. The Adirondack Club is being marketed as an Orvis Sporting Lifestyle Community.