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Ski bowl and nearby resort seen as boon to region

QUEENSBURY The Gore Mountain Ski Centers linkup to the Ski Bowl plus the proposed ski village development nearby are vital to the future health of the areas economy, the countys top economic development official said Monday. And since these projects have a tremendous potential impact on job creation and tax revenue, area residents should attend two upcoming public hearings on the developments and express their support, said Len Fosbrook, president of Warren County Economic Development Corp. The first meeting is a March 4 public hearing on an environmental impact statement for the linkup of Gore Mountain Ski Center and the nearby Ski Bowl with chairlifts and ski trails. Hosted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the meeting will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gore Mountains Base Lodge. The second event is a March 12 public hearing concerning Ski Bowl Village, a $200-million resort and residential complex set on 634 acres adjacent to the Ski Bowl. Sponsored by the Adirondack Park Agency, the hearing is set for 3:30 p.m. March 12 at the Tannery Pond Community Center. The development plans include a 120-room hotel, 131 townhouses, 80 condominium/hotel units, 14 apartments, a private ski lodge, 18 single-family homes, an equestrian center, a mountain spa, a nine-hole golf course, several retail shops, plus two inns one 60 rooms and the other 34. The new chairlifts and trails under development or in the planning stages are expected to boost tourism and recreational opportunities, while providing a way people can ski directly from the popular Gore resort all the way into the hamlet of North Creek. Both developments are expected to boost the economy of Northern Warren County by $44 million per year, Fosbrook said. Monday, he said the two projects combined were one of the most significant economic development ventures in recent history for Warren County. These projects will provide up to 350 new jobs where its hard to create new jobs, he said, adding that the town of Johnsburg, the county, and the Johnsburg Central School District will annually receive a total of $2.34 million net revenue in property taxes. This project has all the right components. The benefits include $256,00 annually in increased sales taxes, he said. Johnsburg Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed said with the ski linkup project already underway, activity had already substantially increased locally. The mountain is already exploding with new skiers, he said. With these improvements, tremendous things are going to happen.

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