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Most applaud APA’s decision on Tupper’s Adirondack Club and Resort

ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, R-Peru, have fun during the Jan. 20 party at the Park Restaurant in Tupper Lake, celebrating the Adirondack Park Agency’s approval of the Adirondack Club and Resort project.

ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, R-Peru, have fun during the Jan. 20 party at the Park Restaurant in Tupper Lake, celebrating the Adirondack Park Agency’s approval of the Adirondack Club and Resort project. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Tupper Lake threw a big party Friday, Jan. 20 after the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) approved the Adirondack Club and Resort project.

Even so, some environmental groups were not pleased with the decision, and many ACR supporters fear the green groups may file a lawsuit against the APA vote, dragging out the process even more. It took almost eight years to get APA approval.

Dozens of people packed the Park Restaurant in Tupper Lake during the Friday night celebration, people hugging and crying tears of joy while holding on to their drinks and plates of finger food. Smiles were everywhere. The chatter was so loud, the DJ-provided music could not be heard.

A jubilant Jim LaValley — chief ACR cheerleader as the chairman of ARISE (Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving Their Economy) — joined Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) in the dining room for a quick interview.

“Today’s vote hasn’t completely washed over me yet,” LaValley said. “This was a big psychological hurdle, but it’s also a big hurdle by way of the approval process ... Now I’m feeling as though we can quantify it and we can move forward in an objective way instead of a subjective way. To have the support of 10 out of 11 commissioners just says so much that the Adirondack Club investors really did their homework and put together a heck of a package to make sure that this resort is successful.”

Duprey — a supporter of various Tupper Lake projects such as the ACR and Next Stop! Tupper Lake — said she wouldn’t think of missing this party.

“I was glad to see the overwhelmingly positive vote of the commissioners at the APA,” Duprey said. “I can’t wait until the groundbreaking, when we actually put a shovel in the ground ... I think it’s all going to fall into place. One of the best parts of this is that it sets a standard. I think had this not happened, nobody else would have come to the Adirondack Park to try to do any kind of development.”

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