ACR hearings are done

Adjudicatory hearings over the largest resort ever proposed in the Adirondacks finished late last week after 12 weeks of intensive discussion.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported Saturday that all parties were glad that hearings on the Adirondack Club and Resort are finally over.

The 6,000-acre development planned for Tupper Lake includes nearly 700 units, making it easily the biggest project the state Adirondack Park Agency has ever considered.

The plan has been championed by local advocacy groups and residents hoping for a boost to the community's flagging economy. But environmental groups have been highly critical of the project, saying the sprawling development should be clustered on a smaller footprint of land, among other concerns.

With the hearings finished and a complete APA application awaiting its commissioners, developers say they are confident the APA will approve the project and that they expect to begin selling lots by spring.

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