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Interest groups continue tug-of-war over ACR design

Harry Dodson is a Massachusetts-based landscape planner and one of the key witnesses brought in by the Adirondack Council.

During a hearing on Tuesday, Dodson called for an alternative plan that included a densely clustered "village center" with a mix of commercial, residential, restaurant, and shopping uses at the base of the ski lifts. He pointed to similar successful designs at other ski areas such as Stratton in Vermont, and Mont Tremblant in Quebec.

Dodson said these resorts are successful because they feature "a compact, walkable, and dynamic village-style development."

He pointed out that the resort developer, Adirondack Preserve Associates, has already planned amenities including a coffee shop, a bar and lounge and a restaurant.

He conceded that a few more businesses would need to be added to help create that village feel; something he insists is critical to the resort's curb appeal.

The hearings resume again at 10 a.m. today and again at the same time on Friday of this week. APA spokesman Keith McKeever said discussions would focus on engineering and specific building site requirements.

For a complete schedule, or to watch a live webcast of the hearings, visit the APA's website at www.apa.state.ny.us.

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