NY Court Dismisses Lawsuit In Big Tupper Project

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SAM Magazine--Tupper Lake, N.Y., July 5, 2014--After nearly 10 years, a ruling made by the appellate division of New York's Supreme Court on July 3 paves the way for the development of the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake. Several environmental groups, including Protect the Adirondacks, the Sierra Club and some local landowners, filed a suit in early 2012 objecting to permits given to developers by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). The court dismissed the lawsuit finding that many of the environmental complaints were "without merit," and dismissed the claims that politics played any role in the process. In theory, the decision is a final greenlight for the project to go through, much to the local communities' eagerness.

According to the ruling, in 2004,  Preserve Associates, LLC, Big Tupper, LLC, Tupper Lake Boat Club, LLC and Nancy Hull Godshall, as trustee of respondent Oval Wood Dish Liquidating Trust, submitted an application to the APA for conceptual approval of the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort—the largest project ever proposed for New York's 6,000,000-acre Adirondack Park—to be located on privately-owned land in the Town of Tupper Lake, Franklin County. The 6,235-acre project site includes and surrounds the closed Big Tupper ski area. The application for permit approval submitted by the developers in 2005 proposed reopening the Big Tupper ski area, renovating and utilizing the closed McDonald's Marina on Tupper Lake, and building over 600 "second home" residential units of various styles, a hotel with numerous amenities and several other recreational resources, such as a skating pond, an informal bandstand/amphitheater and hiking trails. The application was amended and supplemented by the developers several times until it was deemed complete by the APA in 2006. Permits were finally issued by the APA in January 2012. The lawsuits were filed immediately after.

For the full ruling, check  it out here.