TUPPER LAKE —
The State Appellate Court upheld permits for construction of the Adirondack Club and Resort here.
The decision means land sales and construction at the planned 650-unit resort will likely move forward this summer. It is designed to unfold in phases.
The legality of Adirondack Park Agency permits issued in January 2012 were challenged by the Sierra Club, Protect the Adirondacks and three adjoining landowners in March 2012.
But the Appellate Division voted 5-0 to affirm that the permits were granted in accordance with state land-use law.
Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun was ecstatic with the decision, announced Thursday.
"I believed all along that we would win the case on the merits," he told the Press-Republican.
"I also believed all along that it would be a 5-0 decision. And why I say that is after 11 years of review and after sitting through the hearings, which were handled very effectively by Administrative Law Judge Daniel O’Connell, I knew the thorough review made it much easier for the Appellate Division to rule in favor of the state.
“What happens is, now, the developers, Mr. (Michael) Foxman and Mr. (Tom) Lawson will be able to start selling the lots.
"Of course, some of the money from those sales would be used to start working on the Big Tupper Ski Center, which is vital to year-round tourist season in Tupper Lake.
"We look forward to now moving ahead with the revitalization of Tupper Lake and the surrounding area. It will have a huge effect on the tax base in the county.
"I think it’s a great day, and I’m glad the legal system bore out what I and others have been saying for a long time," Maroun said.
Leaders at Protect the Adirondacks expressed disappointment with the court's ruling.