The public submitted mostly negative comments to the Adirondack Park Agency about a 355-plus acre resort-style development project in the town of Jay, and the developer responded with a statement to the APA defending the project.
The APA released the response from Miami-based developer Eric Stackman on Friday. Stackman’s preliminary plans for the Jay development were submitted to the APA for review as a full-scale residential subdivision on October 19. The APA has opened a public comment period for the development from November 1 to December 3. The final document of all public comments is almost 200 pages long and most of those comments oppose the proposal.
Stackman offers the construction of 20 townhouses, 60 villas with an optional guest suite, 18 estates with an optional guest suite, and possibly six mansions or two hotels with 17 rooms each. The development would also “amenity” buildings, such as a clubhouse. This is one of the most significant developments to come to the APA since 2012, when the agency considered a proposal from Pennsylvania-based investment group Preserve Associates for a property development in Tupper Lake with approximately 700 units, plus a spa, marina and equestrian center. Development was ultimately unsuccessful.
Purify the air
On December 3, Stackman wrote a two-page letter to the APA “To give general information on what (he considers) to be the main subjects of comments delivered so far.” “
He said he wanted “clear the air” on what he considered to be misconceptions in the public comments on “Propose large-scale development on public land or clearcut hundreds of acres, (and) bulldoze fragile ecosystems in these pristine forests.”
Stackman wrote that he started buying the property in 2006, and the private plots were already approved as building land.
“The rights of landowners are very important to residents, and I am no exception; therefore, following the rules as to what is allowed to (be built) is essential in our thinking ”, he wrote.
He said he believed the proposal met the APA’s guidelines for the low-intensity use designation – he envisioned less than one house per 3.2 acres of land – and that the plans had a style of cluster development that left large plots of land. “Accessible, maintained, but intact. “
Stackman also addressed his out-of-state status. A number of public comments feared his Florida residence would disconnect him from local issues.
“Despite what some have referred to, I am not a ‘deep-pocketed Miami developer’,” he wrote. “I was born in New York and grew up in a blue collar environment. I became a carpenter and still roll up my sleeves every day on a construction site. … Having worked throughout my career with pride and determination, I have built to some of the strictest building codes in the country, dealing with issues such as sea level rise, mangroves, protection of turtle habitat and more; while working alongside some of the best professionals and top designers at the forefront of this industry.
Stackman said he believed his project “go beyond” guidelines and rules established by the State Department of Environmental Conservation. He said he plans to work with the state’s transportation ministry and other relevant agencies to ensure the project does not interfere with local traffic.
Stackman presented the project as having the potential to help a “economic boom” for the region, with a variety of units at different prices that would appeal to people who “Want to have a second home, take advantage of remote work opportunities or seasonal / vacation homes, to take advantage of the beauty and amenities offered by the site, as well as the whole region. “
“The local growth and the financial impact benefits that a project like this development would bring to the city and county would undoubtedly help fund local affordable housing projects,” he wrote.
He said the development would provide housing for people who work in the complex’s facilities. The development would be open to the public, he said, with a network of trails and a spa, lodge, hotel and restaurant.
Stackman wrote in an email Friday that he was waiting for the APA to review and respond to his initial proposal.