Belleayre Resort team gearing up

By Jay Braman Jr.
Recent activity hints at progress in the decade-long journey of the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.
Last week The LA group, a landscape architecture and engineering firm based out of Saratoga Springs, announced they have recently assembled the team to move forward with the project, including the design of a golf course.

However, a spokesman for Crossroads Ventures, the company behind the resort project, says they still have a ways to go before getting approvals.

Still submitting info
Project Consultant Gary Gailes said that Crossroads is close to submitting all the information requested by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which is leading the review of the project.

“The DEC is working on completing the cumulative impact study and when that is completed we expect that the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) and the DEC’s proposed unit management plan will be released to the public for review and comment, hopefully without too much further delay,” he said.

“The DEC has requested our traffic consultants to provide some additional data that was not requested in the scoping document so they can complete the cumulative impact study. We should be able to produce this data in the next two weeks. Otherwise, we have given the DEC all that was requested and await their impact studies.”
DEC officials could not be reached for comment.

The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, said to be a $400 million project, is to straddle the border of Ulster and Delaware counties and comprise two complexes: one with a 250-room hotel and 139 townhouse-style lodging units surrounding an 18-hole golf course; the other with a 120-room hotel and spa, 60 lodging units in two buildings and 60 detached units in up to 52 buildings.

Started 14 years ago
It has been under review since 1998.

The review is in three parts. Part A is an impact study of the proposed Unit Management Plan for an improved and expanded Belleayre Ski Center. Belleayre Ski Center has completed it.
Part B is an environmental impact study of the Belleayre Resort. 

Part C is a study of the cumulative impacts of those two studies and it will be completed. Then it will be submitted for public input. Once that review is concluded, Crossroads will go for local permits before the planning boards of both Middletown and Shandaken.