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Mr. John Atwater Bradley

Wrong John Atwater Bradley?

Employment History

  • General Partner
    Awosting Reserve L.L.C

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Awosting Reserve L.L.C
32 Total References
Web References
Save the Shawangunks - Latest News, 9 Dec 2012 [cached]
Mr. Bradley has been quoted in the papers as stating he intends to continue fighting the sale, presumably in the courts. He has filed intent to appeal - though we don't know whether he will follow through with it.
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This does include the land around Tillson Lake and the rest of the lower slopes; it does not include a portion of some 142 acres near where Mr. Bradley's house is, which was never fully deeded over to the LLC.
When Awosting Reserve LLC was formed in 2002, Mr. Bradley contributed the land and some 26 investors each put in $500,000 (which included dibs on a homesite up there and a golf club membership).
Two complex agreements were drawn up, specifying among other things that if disagreements arose they would be settled by a troika: one from Bradley and partners, one from Chaffin/Light, one from the investors. This was presumably in hopes of avoiding going to court. But in fact unbelievably enormous amounts of money have been spent on lawyers to fight each other. No permits were issued - the application made to the Gardiner Planning Board never got beyond the sketch plan phase. The project bogged down while waiting for a ruling on whether Gardiner zoning permitted a central sewer system on the ridge (see "Clouser reports" under "Development Plans" on our website). Understandably wanting to save what money was left, Mr. Bradley tried to seize control of the bank account and fire the developers, was forced by NY court order to submit to the troika process, and lost.
The original papers also specified that if permits were not acquired by a certain time limit, the land could be sold, and from the proceeds the investors would receive their ante back first. This is what they hoped to achieve in a Delaware court (Awosting Reserve LLC was incorporated in Delaware). As reported in newspaper articles, the land was listed for sale (asking $35 million, a figure that would only be reasonable if it could be developed). Several offers were received, including one from Mr. Bradley himself for $15 million, and the one the court-appointed trustee chose was the one that had no contingencies.
"The 2,700-acre site is the Awosting Reserve, the private domain of Gardiner resident John Bradley.
There are several more obstacles however before AR can present the new, slightly smaller and environmentally even more friendly plan that John Bradley says he intends. One obstacle is that it is not clear who is in charge there; the principal owner (Mr. Bradley), the developer (Chaffin-Light) and the investors are locked in a court battle over that. Mr. Bradley has stated publicly that he did not like Chaffin-Light's plan, they were just in it for the money and he is the true environmentalist; he has also stated that they are back together again.
Decision: In March of 2005 Judge Vincent Bradley (not related to John Bradley of Awosting Reserve) upheld the Planning Board and Zoning Board's determination as legal and found the petitioners' objections insubstantial.
Shawangunk Ridge Coalition - News Coverage, 8 Nov 2005 [cached]
Awosting Reserve LLC general partner John Atwater Bradley eventually had a falling out with the company chosen to develop the site, Chaffin/Light Associates. Bradley fired the firm last year. Chaffin/Light sued Bradley and won.
Save the Shawangunks - Latest News, 20 Oct 2005 [cached]
John Bradley of Gardiner did. He had his own ideas and formed Awosting Reserve LLC.
In April 2004, Bradley fired the company in charge of the project, Chaffin Light Associates.
Chaffin Light and its investors had the last word. They sued Bradley and won. A Delaware state court ordered Awosting Reserve sold and put a White Plains lawyer in charge of the sale. Bradley had favored a different lawyer for that job.
Bradley said he does not want the land to go to the trust.
"I don't trust them. I don't want to see this land going into state hands. They will ruin it," Bradley said yesterday.
The deadline for bids on the land was Oct. 14, and there are several other offers besides that of the trust, he said.
"No offer is as yet accepted," Bradley said.
The Delaware judge in charge of the case will make the final decision. Bradley said he expects the court will meet in the next two or three weeks.
"In the end, the ones most affected are all my partners and my family," Bradley said.
Save the Shawangunks - Latest News, 15 Mar 2006 [cached]
Also, Awosting Reserve LLC general partner John Atwater Bradley clashed with the company chosen to develop the site, Chaffin/Light Associates, and fired the firm. Chaffin/Light sued Bradley and won, resulting in a Delaware judge ordering the land be put up for sale.
Save the Shawangunks - Latest News, 14 Mar 2006 [cached]
But Awosting Reserve LLC general partner John Atwater Bradley clashed with the company chosen to develop the site, Chaffin/Light Associates, and fired the firm.
Chaffin/Light sued Bradley and won, resulting in a Delaware judge ordering the land be put up for sale.
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