Questions on economic viability hover over ACR debate

"Ultimately, the delays have been the product of the applicant not bringing materials forward in a timely way," he said. "Until this hearing starts, we're still waiting to here from the applicant on a couple things that have been requested."

But ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley flatly denies that the economy has been holding up the project.

"It clearly is the green groups who have been responsible for holding this project up," he said. "When you have somebody like John Caffry from Protect the Adirondacks filing 31 pages and 171 discovery motions - of which almost all of them were previously submitted by way of the application - it's as if he never saw the information that was already filed with the APA."

"You can't tell me that they weren't intentionally creating these stalls," LaValley added.

LaValley - who is a realtor - concedes that the economy isn't "great," but he adds that by the time the project goes through hearings and is granted an application, it should hit the market at the "right time."

Meanwhile, a prominent local official says that ARISE is out of line for asking the green groups to cease their opposition to the Adirondack Club & Resort.

Jack Delahanty is chief assistant district attorney for Franklin County. He says town officials have avoided "hard questions" and it's only through the involvement of group's like Protect the Adirondacks and the Adirondack Council that those questions will get answered.

"They've been saying 'Let the park agency do its job,' but they don't want to play by the rules of the game that have been established since 1973 in the park agency's review of the project," Delahanty said. "They want their own rules to be imposed. And those rules that they want imposed would minimize the degree of information that the project sponsor would have to provide to the agency."

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