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Court rules in favor of APA, Tupper Lake resort project

July 3, 2014
By SHAUN KITTLE ( , Lake Placid News

TUPPER LAKE - The Adirondack Club and Resort project is set to go.

In a unanimous decision, justices with the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court dismissed allegations made by Protect the Adirondacks, the Sierra Club and three local landowners that the state Adirondack Park Agency board failed to complete or heed its own environmental impact studies when it voted in January 2012 to issue permits to ACR developers. The decision was announced a little after 10 a.m. today.

Among other things, the justices determined that "the construction of 80 single-family dwellings on the site's resource management land-use area complies with the Adirondack Park Agency Act's land use and development plan," and that the proposed valet service to the nearby state-owned boat launch on state Route 30 would not adversely impact the facility.

The decision was good news for ACR developer Tom Lawson, who has maintained his stance that the lawsuit was "without merit."

"We're elated, but it comes as no surprise to me," Lawson said. "It's all been a war of attrition. They shouldn't continue to pursue this any further."

Lawson said construction on the resort is ready to begin.

"We're ready to start moving forward immediately," Lawson said. "We've already done stuff at the mountain, and we have commitments based on getting this dismissed. This affects hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people. There is no down side to this."



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