Gitter retires, legal challenges to Resort persist

Developer Dean Gitter, 81, is retiring from his position as Managing Member of Crossroads Ventures, the company he founded to carry out the proposed Belleayre Resort Project still making its way through an approval process that has lasted 13 years. Meanwhile, a judge has validated the propriety of the latest legal challenge by Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA), an organization trying to block construction of the resort.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard Mott ruled June 21 that the Shandaken Planning Board may have “improperly issued a special permit in violation of zoning laws” when it determined that the 724-acre project . . .

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