The journalists involved in the “Ramapo Nears Breaking Point” project will present a panel discussion on the issues raised on Jan. 25 at the Rockland Community College Technology Center in Ramapo. The event, from 7 to 9 p.m., is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Ellipse lecture hall. The college is at 145 College Road in Ramapo.
A Community View by Preserve Ramapo Chairman Robert Rhodes–Posted in The Journal News January 10
‘The lawlessness in our community has been supported at the highest levels of state government.’
Ramapo is not a local problem. The lawlessness in our community has been supported at the highest levels of state government. Ramapo’s dangerous overcrowding, the breakdown of state and local laws and our approaching bankruptcy can only be solved at the state level. [Read more…]
The following is from a Journal News editorial Jan. 10, 2017
“Ramapo’s rampant over-development and strained tax rolls didn’t passively sprout. The misbegotten state of affairs is of the town leadership’s own making. Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, now facing a federal trial on accusations he fudged the town’s fiscal health to fool investors, has pushed policies that have unraveled the town in so many ways. Town Board members — all Democrats, like St. Lawrence — have done little to stop him, and land-use board members, controlled by St. Lawrence, abetted development gone wild.
The motivation? Money. Developers, who often fill campaign coffers of local officials, build and build, and the demand for housing grows and grows. [Read more…]
“The builder of Viola Estates stealthily built space for illegal accessory apartments in the basements and upper floors of townhouses contrary to site plans approved by the Ramapo Planning Board, an attorney for neighbors told a judge on Thursday.
The neighbors want the judge to close down construction of the 44-home development after they say an on-site inspection report they commissioned found unapproved space for accessory apartments, evidenced by separate multiple plumbing, gas and electrical systems, separate water heaters and boilers. [Read more…]
“The state has backed a claim by neighbors that Ramapo town is trying to sell 5.64 acres of land to a developer even though it’s part of the Manny Weldler town park.
A group of neighbors sued Ramapo in December, arguing that the town made a tentative agreement to sell the property for $2 million to developer Moses Friedman, even though the parcel at 24 Grosser Lane was donated in 1971 to the town for the purpose of providing open space. [Read more…]
Community View in The Journal News by Steven Schultz
I can’t believe such a project would be considered for the proposed site. Then I remembered, it’s Ramapo and history shows that anything the community’s wealthy developers want, they get, regardless of costs and consequences to town residents.
The article includes photos of nice drawings of a large, New York City-style urban development with trees and landscaping, and even a few cars. Not surprisingly, they don’t show Route 59.
The drawings and the details of the plan are pure fantasy and a public deception. Six days a week, that location is already a dangerous traffic choke-point on Route 59. [Read more…]
“A year ago, a grassroots group called CUPON was formed by a Hillcrest resident who saw an urgent need to keep the area’s development in check.
Since then, that group has helped a handful of similar organizations spring up around Ramapo, a town with a long history of civic activism. They all share concerns similar to CUPON’s, which stands for Citizens United to Protect Our Neighborhoods. [Read more…]
“The developer who wants to put up 600 housing units off Route 59 is eager to convince the public that his complex is intended to satisfy more than the needs of Rockland’s rapidly growing Orthodox Jewish population.
But that will be a hard sell for some leaders in this diverse community along the Ramapo-Spring Valley border, who are dubious about claims the complex would become integrated.” [Read more…]
The following is from Robert Rhodes, Chairman of Preserve Ramapo.
The Hillcrest chapter of CUPON (Citizens United to Protect Our Neighborhoods) met last Tuesday evening. Thanks to Micheal Miller’s presentation it was a most educational and shocking evening.
Micheal presented a long list of building projects in Ramapo. He estimated that when approved, a total of about 3,000 new apartment units will be built. With an average of eight family members per unit, we can anticipate a total increase in our population of about 24,000 residents. In other words, the proposed projects will increase our town population by almost 20%! [Read more…]
JIEM Properties faces a September 2018 deadline to subdivide 30 acres.
The Journal News RAMAPO – While George Konnight lived a spartan life in the woods off West Maple Avenue, potential plans for his former property are far more luxurious.
Two years after the recluse’s death, JIEM Properties has floated a proposal with Ramapo to create a new housing zone that could bring up to 180 two- and three-story townhouses with three to four bedrooms each to the strongly Orthodox Jewish neighborhood bordering Smolley Drive and two town parks, Manny Weldler Park and Viola Park.
No official plans have been filed with Ramapo, a representative of the New Jersey-based developer said. [Read more…]