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Thomas helps APA approve Tupper resort

Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner Bill Thomas, of Johnsburg, asks APA Senior Natural Resources Planner Matt Kendall, right, about the Adirondack Club and Resort project during the Jan. 20 meeting.

Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner Bill Thomas, of Johnsburg, asks APA Senior Natural Resources Planner Matt Kendall, right, about the Adirondack Club and Resort project during the Jan. 20 meeting. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— It took almost eight years for the APA to approve the project.

About the project

The Adirondack Club and Resort site is about 6,235 acres of property and includes lands of the former Big Tupper Ski Area, the surrounding Oval Wood Dish landholdings, and the former McDonald’s Marina. It includes about 1,800 feet of frontage on Lake Simond and about 235 feet on Big Tupper Lake at the marina.

The applicant proposes to develop a planned resort development with a ski center, a marina with 40 boat slips, an equestrian facility, a resort owners' clubhouse, a gym/spa recreation center, recreation trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, a 60-unit West Face Inn, and 706 single-family and multiple-family residential dwelling units: 206 single-family dwellings; 39 Great Camps; eight Artist Cabins at the base lodge area of the ski center; and 453 townhouse units (duplexes, triplexes and quadplexes).

The developers plan to undertake the project in four phases over 15 years. The Adirondack Club is being marketed as an Orvis Sporting Lifestyle Community.

Bill Thomas comments

Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Commissioner Bill Thomas — a former Johnsburg Town supervisor — explained his “yes” vote to the public Jan. 20 at APA Headquarters in Ray Brook.

“I’m really happy to see we’ve got an economic development person (Dan Kelleher) on board to help us review the project,” Thomas said. “It helped me make my decision on the overall project.”

He continued: “This project has been before this board since before I was a commissioner, and I became a commissioner in December 2006.

“I recall going to an adjudicatory hearing on this project and having all the paperwork that I reviewed at that time, and I have reams of paperwork at home. Maybe I don’t have to keep them now? Reviewing all that and coming to the point of the project coming back to us recently, there are some things I need to say.

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