Judge rules in favor of Catamount expansion
Nov 12, 2015 5:48 am
Diane Valden is reporting in the Columbia Paper two lawsuits seeking to overturn the Berkshire Mountain Club approvals granted by the Copake Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals have been dismissed by an Albany County State Supreme Court judge. The court's action mean that the $80-million, four-season resort project can be built at the base of the Catamount Ski Area off Route 23 in Columbia County, near the Massachusetts border. The decisions can, however, be appealed. The cases were brought by Gert and Cynthia Alper, owners of the Swiss Hutte Inn and Restaurant located adjacent to the ski area, where the resort will be located. The project includes the construction of three buildings with 153 hotel and time-share residential units, a spa, swimming pool, restaurant and retail space to be completed in three phases over 10 years. The original timeline had construction starting in spring 2014. The earliest the project might start now is 2017. Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.