North Country sees new energy in hotel, resort development

We’ve been reporting on plans for the big new resort proposed for Tupper Lake, and the final public hearings for that project get underway later this month.

But the Adirondack Club and Resort isn’t the only one moving forward in the region.  Last week the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported that the Lussi family plans to build a new hotel in Lake Placid.

[Arthur] Lussi said the hotel would be mid-scale, likely providing breakfast to its guests and with a small lounge. He said he hasn’t named the hotel yet but is considering The Golfery, as well as several chain affiliations.

This morning the Watertown Daily Times reported plans for a new luxury hotel in Clayton, on the St. Lawrence River.

The revitalization of the former Frink property will start with the construction of a 100-room luxury hotel, according to Clayton Local Development Corp. officials.

Larry W. Aubertine, chairman of the development corporation, said representatives with Krog Corp., Frink’s potential master developer, told LDC members in a meeting last month that Krog hopes to purchase the 8.4-acre riverfront property and build a four-star hotel near the proposed regional docks.

Meanwhile, last month the Valley News reported that a Westchester developer plans to build a farm-centered resort in the Champlain Valley town of Westport.

David Mann, a former marketing executive from Westchester County…described the proposed project, which he calls Rolling Hills Farm, as a private club centered around “a full-scale working farm,” a retreat where members could leave behind their cell phones and laptops and immerse themselves in the simplicity of an earlier era.

It’s not exactly a boom, but it’s certainly a different level of energy than we were seeing a couple of years ago.

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