Great News !!!
Today Sept. 2, 2015 the NYS DEC issued the following Environmental Notice Bulletin:
Notice of Acceptance of Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Modified Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency under 6 NYCRR Part 617 State Environmental Quality Review Act, has accepted the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Modified Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.
· The FEIS for the Modified Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park can be found online at: http://www.thelagroup.com/belleayre-resort-at-catskill-park/
· A hard copy of the FEIS is available for review at the NYS DEC Region 3 Headquarters, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561-3042, during normal business hours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, contact NYS DEC Region 3 at (845) 256-3000 to make an appointment.
· An electronic copy of the FEIS is available for public review at the following locations:
Skene Memorial Library Main Street Fleischmanns, NY 12430
Phoenicia Library 9 Ava Maria Drive Phoenicia, NY 12464
For further information please contact: Daniel T. Whitehead, NYS DEC - Region 3 Headquarters, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561-1696, Phone: (845) 256-3801. E-mail: email@example.com.
Also released today was the
Notice of Acceptance of Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan (UMP)
To see both Notices in their entirety and links to all the supporting documentation go to : http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/54704.html
Now our next step is for DEC staff to complete its responsibilities under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) by issuing a Findings Statement. The actual Permits are expected to be issued following issuance of the Findings Statement. We are almost there.
The Catskill region has a long and storied heritage as both America’s wilderness and a premier destination. In keeping with that tradition, once built the Belleayre Resort will recall the heyday of the Catskills, which enjoyed a long tradition of tourism-related prosperity. At the peak of its popularity, the region surrounding Belleayre Mountain boasted more than 10,000 hotel beds in an area from the towns of Shandaken to Fleischmanns. Today, that same area has fewer than 450 beds, and travelers seeking a unique interaction with a breathtaking environment stop for short visits or bypass the Catskills entirely on their way to the Adirondacks and Vermont.
The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, as currently proposed, will become the premier, four-season resort directly serving the New York metropolitan area. It will also be the most environmentally advanced and responsible large-scale development project the region has ever seen.
The Resort is made up of two hotels, each with its own characteristics and amenities. The Highmount Spa Resort will be operated as a 5-star property consisting of a 120 hotel units, 96 other lodging units, a world-class spa which will include medical spa services, and food and beverage facilities. The family-oriented Wildacres Hotel will feature 250 hotel units, 163 other lodging units, a conference center, food and beverage facilities and a Wilderness Activies Center. The Wildacres Hotel will also feature an 18-hole public, championship golf course which will be maintained using a strict organic regimen with no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides used. All of the resort’s facilities will be open to the public, increasing the number of recreational options available to local residents.
The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park will blend the physical assets of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and the Catskill Forest Preserve with world class hospitality facilities and programs that will enhance the experience of both visitors to the resort and the community. Created with a vision of a strong public-private partnership, the Resort will utilize local providers, guides, instructors, outdoor outfitters, as well as work with not-for-profit entities. A full-time information center will provide guests with ample information as they head out to the surrounding towns and villages, discovering an area with a diverse heritage of art, music, history and natural beauty. And, the Crossroads Foundation has been established to distribute funds to local charities focused on the arts, youth education and sports programs, civic improvements and care for the elderly.
The Belleayre Resort represents a new chapter in the Catskill region’s storied history as a venerable tourism destination.