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Optimism swells in North Creek as Ski Bowl Village, Interconnect move forward

But state Supreme Court Judge Michael C. Lynch wrote in a decision dated July 13 that those charges lacked merit.

Lynch stated that the improvements to state-owned lands were legal and didn't represent an unconstitutional "commercialization" of forest preserve lands merely because a positive economic impact is the expected outcome.

Goodspeed said Tuesday there was tangible evidence that the Interconnect development was now proceeding. He said that ORDA personnel were busy this week cutting the Interconnect trail linking the two ski centers.

"You look at the mountain, and the trail is now emerging," he said.

Progress is also underway on the chairlift construction. New triple chairs have been delivered to Gore Mountain Ski Center, and are sitting on the premises, awaiting installation, he said.

"In a few weeks, we'll be seeing the new lift lines on the skyline," he said.

A New York State Comptroller's report cites estimates that 74,000 skiers will spend about $7.4 million annually in the communities surrounding Gore Mountain when the Interconnect is operational.

Goodspeed said the two related developments were welcome, and they had already spurred development of 25 new businesses in Johnsburg, primarily in North Creek. Two new restaurants in North Creek have opened since June, he said.

"The Interconnect has created a sense of optimism, that even though we may be in a very difficult downturn, there's a powerful engine to drive the local economy," he said.

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