Jim Ellis is on the ARISE Board of Directors. He says the town of Tupper Lake has been planning for the ACR project since 1990.
"In that year the town adopted the Tupper Lake Land Use Plan during my service as Planning Board Chairman," he said. "The planning board spent two years working to 'collapse' building density from back country areas to places within the town that could be serviced by existing water, sewer and electric lines."
Ellis notes the location of the planned resort was originally selected as a "high priority development zone."
"We did our due diligence in 1989 and 1990 and have been awaiting the time when such bold, pioneering planning efforts could bear real economic fruit," he said.
Ellis says environmental groups need to understand the importance of creating jobs in the Tupper Lake community.
"The general membership and directors of these groups need to understand how they are hurting the people of Tupper Lake and how difficult it must be for them to look into the eyes of the local business owners and residents," he said.