A challenge to the Adirondack Park Agency’s approval of a proposed 6,200-acre, year-round resort and residential development in Tupper Lake was rejected by a state appeals court Thursday.
The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling against Protect the Adirondacks, an environmental group that opposed the agency’s 2012 permit for the Adirondack Club and Resort project. The mid-level appeals court said the environmental group’s claims were speculative.
Preserve Associates proposed the largest project ever reviewed by the agency more than eight years ago. It would rebuild the Big Tupper ski area, build a new marina on Big Tupper Lake, and construct housing in the area.
It also would create up to 206 single-family and 125 multiple-family dwellings with 453 units, an inn and 15 new single-family residences on 20- to 30-acre lots. How extensively they build would depend on how much they sell.
The project is still being reviewed by state regulators.
Peter Bauer of Protect the Adirondacks said the ruling sets a bad precedent for forest preserve management in the Adirondack Park.
“Today could mark a point of no return in the history of the Adirondack Park,” he said in a prepared statement.
The environmental group said it was reviewing its options for next steps.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised the court’s ruling and said the project will bring significant economic activity and jobs to the Adirondacks.