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.
continued •Adirondack North Country Association:
"Tupper Lake is a community that has worked hard to re-invigorate itself and ANCA applauds this effort,” ANCA Executive Director Kate Fish said in a prepared statement. “ANCA also sees the project as advancing the North Country Regional Economic Development Council's vision of elevating global recognition of the region as one of the special places on the planet to visit, live, work and study and activating tourism as a pathway to diversify our economies.”
•Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages (AATV):
Speaking after the Jan. 20 APA meeting, Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Farber, former AATV president said, “I think it is a bright day for the Adirondacks. That really goes beyond just the vote ... I’m more impressed with the way this APA process has worked in this specific permit than any other permit I’ve seen to date in my tenure in local government. I think this was an example of the way it should work.”
Contacted on Tuesday, Jan. 24, Adirondack Council Executive Director Brian Houseal said his environmental group will continue to monitor the progress of the Adirondack Club and Resort, especially in regard to water quality with the permitting of the wastewater treatment plant. Overall, he was pleased with the conditions set forth by the APA staff. “We commend the Park Agency for its hard work and serious evaluation,” Houseal said. “There are adequate protections to avoid habitat fragmentation in the backcountry ... Tupper Lake needs economic development. We hope the ski slope will be a success.” He said the Council will not be filing a lawsuit against the APA’s decision. “We don’t see any reason to pursue legal action.”