APA renews permit for Tall Timbers

RAYBROOK-The Tall Timbers resort project in North Creek received its third permit renewal from the Adirondack Park Agency Friday, March 18 and the project will move forward as planned.

Tall Timbers, which proposes a resort lodge, 16 four-unit townhouses, seven single-family dwellings and one two-family dwelling, totalling 66 units, was approved in 2008 and received two permit renewals, in 2009 and 2010.

The resort was approved by the APA under the conditions that the developer receive approval permits from the Department of Health, the Department of Environmential Conservation and the town ofJohnsburg. Upon original approval, Tall Timbers received some opposition from local residents as well as regional organizations regarding the affordability and necessity or the resort project.

The process is moving along well, according to Tall Timbers general manager and vice president Dave Bulmer.

Preliminary permits have been granted in most cases and Tall Timbers is waiting for final permits.

"We are really anxious to get started on the project," he said.

According to the Regulatory Programs Division presentation given by APA Assistant Deputy Director Holly Kneeshaw to APA commissioners on March 18, the project also includes 1.45 miles of paved road, a new community wastewater treatment system and a new municipal water supply facility.

Progress on the Tall Timbers project came to a halt over the past couple years due to the style of the planned resort property and its relationship to the state of the economy. Developers, however, have been actively working on the project, according to Bulmer.

"We didn't want to rush for permit approval and then put ourselves in a time crunch to begin building in this economy," Bulmer said.

Bulmer hopes to break ground as soon as the appropriate permits are in place.

Since 2008, Tall Timbers has been actively working on the property, but has only accomplished some logging in preparation for the resort.

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