ACR hearings to resume

The state Adirondack Park Agency is gearing up for another round of hearings on the Adirondack Club & Resort.

Hearings get under way at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the APA headquarters in Ray Brook. They resume again at the same time Wednesday and Friday.

The large-scale resort planned for the Big Tupper ski area on Mount Morris is the largest proposed development ever to go before the APA. Developers say the resort's scale is essential to attracting wealthy second homebuyers.

Green groups have criticized developer's plans to create hundreds of building lots spread over more than 2,000-acres as environmentally unsound.

Topics being covered include impacts of the proposed resort on resource management lands, including the suitability of specific building sites.

The APA will hear testimony from various groups, including ACR representatives and environmental groups.

APA spokesman Keith McKeever said most of the action would take place during the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions, when representatives of lead developer Michael Foxman and environmental groups such as the Adirondack Council are expected to offer in-depth testimony from expert witnesses and vigorous cross examinations.

Other topics being covered during this week's hearings include impacts on wetlands and sewer district connections.

The hearings will available for live viewing on the APA website.

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