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Adirondack Club hearings bring testimony, payment questions

RAY BROOK -Questions over visual simulations were raised during the first round of adjudicatory hearings for the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort on Thursday, March 24, with the scheduled four-day hearing wrapping up after only one.

During the March 24 hearing, much of talk focused around simulation images created by landscape architect Harry Dobson from Ashfield, Mass. The designs were created to show visual impacts of the ACR project during winter and nighttime hours of the proposed housing structures near or on Mount Morris.

"It only takes a small glimpse of a roofline, a glance at a new road heading up a steep hill, house lights glowing from a formerly dark hillside or a new home seen through winter trees to fundamentally change the visual character of a place as visually fragile as the undeveloped Adirondack Landscape," Dobson said in pre-filed testimony, which all sides agreed had made the process more effective by offering witnesses the chance to give their testimony before taking the stand in a hearing environment.

Dobson's findings were questioned by attorney Thomas Ulasewicz, who represented Preserve Associates, the project developer.

Ulasewicz questioned Dobson's use of creating simulations that showed views mostly from Big Tupper Lake, that used a different roof color (brown) from the one that was listed under the developers plan (green) and the use of Vermont landscapes to compare to the local landscape.

Due to the speed of the hearing, additional hearing days for March 25 and March 29 through April 1 were cancelled.

The next batch of adjudicatory hearings are scheduled to start on Tuesday, April 26.

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