Lux developments target wilderness, locals

Posted: May 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Adirondack Life
raises some interesting points about ski resort development in Tupper Lake and North Creek areas:

PILOT (Payment in lieu of taxes) will finance infrastructure for high-end vacation homes will driving up taxes, forcing out Tupper Lake locals.
At the same time, luxury development ($500,000 to $5 million units) will build on land designated “resource management” — to preserve open space — in the Adirondack Park.

The “Ski Bowl Village” (up to $450,000-750,000 townhouses) development in North Creek will destroy wilderness and could drive up infrastructure costs.

Adirondack Life notes that the “recession” has bankrupted ski resorts and the deveopment closer to New York City could pull would-be second-home buyers from the Adirondack Park.
AL quotes Joe Conto, director, Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management, Paul Smith’s Coillege, as saying the Adirondacks could be a decent market for drivable “rubber-tire” destinations … especially as flying becomes more of a hassle.

Where is the wisdom in building on land designated for protection of open space. It is a line that … once crosssed … means there is no … that’s N-O … protection.


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