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State’s high court denies motion in Belleayre Resort case

ALBANY – The State Court of Appeals denied a motion by the Catskill Heritage Alliance for leave to appeal its decision regarding the Department of Environmental Conservation’s environmental review of the proposed Belleayre Resort.

That effectively closes the avenues the Alliance has for challenging the permitting of the resort project in court.

Alliance Chairwoman Kathy Nolan is “disappointed” since her group felt the environmental review of the project was insufficient.

Their concerns include the state’s agreement to fund two new ski lifts adjacent to a new Crossroads Ventures hotel.

“We don’t think the state should be putting those kinds of dollars – each lift would be at least $5 million – ski center ostensibly, but on a new footprint that would really serve the hotel that is being proposed by Crossroads Ventures,” she said.

Nolan said they are also concerned that all the housing units proposed for the project would be unsupportable and would draw from other accommodations.

She said the Catskill Heritage Alliance was never against the resort and not against economic development but said the development must be realistic and “must help our region instead of enriching developers at the expense of our environment, economy and taxpayers.


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