Take a look at the graphic above from web designer Joseph Johansen. America is more densely populated today than ever before, and the first obvious signs of this new crowding includes buildings that are closer together, people present in larger numbers, and lines of cars on the road that just keep growing. [Read more…]
Just a day after being threatened by Rockland County with foreclosure, owners of the controversial Patrick Farm properties forked over more than $385,000 in back taxes.
On Wednesday afternoon, a title insurance company representative for Scenic Development LLC dropped off two checks covering $385,426.57 in delinquent taxes, which stretch back to at least 2013. This represents money owed on three parcels along Route 306 in Ramapo near the Pomona border. The Monsey developer owns a host of other parcels on the same site. Read the complete Journal News story here.
“A controversial pair of proposals to construct a yeshiva and dormitory in the residential neighborhood off Highview Road was met with a rally from residents. Dozens on Tuesday night crowded into the parking lot behind Town Hall off Route 59. Many spoke against the pair of proposals for 294-296 Spook Rock Road and 86 Highview Road, saying the religious schools with hundreds of students was too much for the community. “It’s got to stop,” said Giuseppe Colucci, 46, who owns a construction company. “We’ve had enough.” Read the complete Journal coverage here.
They had all been there before, the planning board, the residents, the lawyers, and the Ramapo police at the back of the hall. It was the third time the developer Yechiel Lebovits was bringing the application to the Ramapo Planning Board. The meeting room was packed at 7:30 as Rice and Rocks, attorney and engineer for the developer, labored through their presentation asking for approval for the massive, high-density transplant of about 500 homes on the property once owned by John Patrick.
By the end of the evening, about 12:30 pm, 19 residents, lawyers, mayors, and a county legislator had presented their views on the project. 90% spoke against it, and 10% spoke for it. The two individuals who didn’t object, actually avoided the pertinent issues with one deploring the rhetoric and the other offering a character reference for the builder, Lebovits. [Read more…]
Majority owner is an LLC that shares address with Monsey congregation
“A Monsey-based company is the new owner of the Minisceongo Golf Club, but what it plans to do with the property still isn’t clear. Earlier this month, Mount Ivy LLC bought a majority stake in the 60-acre course for $32 million from principal owner Eric Bergstol, a well-known Rockland County developer. The limited liability company owns a 78 percent stake while another company, Lindifrim Pomona Limited Partnership, owns a 21 percent stake, according to property records. [Read more…]
“A well-know Rockland developer has sold the Minisceongo Golf Club, prompting questions about the property’s future. In a letter to members Wednesday, Eric Bergstol said the 18-hole, 60-acre course at 110 Pomona Road would no longer operate as a golf club. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the new owner has not been named. [Read more…]
The Journal News August 11, 2014 “Citing rampant over-development in neighboring municipalities, Clarkstown town officials are moving to impose a six-month moratorium on residential development. Supervisor Alex Gromack and council members Shirley Lasker and Stephanie Hausner, fellow Democrats, endorsed the building ban at a press conference on Tuesday. They were expected to pass it at the Town Board meeting that night, setting up a 30-day ‘public comment’ period. A final vote is set for Sept. 29. Officials said the moratorium will give the town’s Building and Planning Departments time to review and overhaul zoning, possibly imposing a strict set of land use regulations to preserve the area’s residential character. [Read more…]