“The developers of the former Minisceongo Golf Club are revealing portions of their vision for creating a townhouse community with as many as 700 units on more than 140 acres off Pomona Road.
Joseph Kazarnovsky and Mark Mandelbaum are rolling out their plans in a way they hope will ameliorate concerns through what they say is a process that’s more transparent than their less popular predecessors elsewhere in town.
The developers acknowledge their Millers Pond concept has stirred suspicion in an area where residents complain that development proposals appear to be one thing but too often turn out to be another. The former golf club is just a mile from Palisades Credit Union Park and close to the borders of the villages of Pomona and New Hempstead.
The principals of Mount Ivy LLC won’t make a formal application to the town until later this spring but shared details Monday following a presentation they gave to about 100 residents on Sunday. It was the second of at least three invitation-only gatherings with targeted neighbors.
A maximum of 700 townhouses clustered in four areas spread over more than 140 acres.
Clusters of four two-story units featuring mostly three to five bedrooms each with basements and two-car garages.
Some one- and two-bedroom units.
Walking and bicycling paths open to the wider community.
A retail strip featuring a convenience store.
The widening of Pomona Road from two to four lanes in front of the community, plus a turning lane and traffic signal.
The longtime Monsey resident and former president of the Yeshiva of Spring Valley said the proposed housing would be set back far enough from the road that it would not be visible to passersby. He added they would preserve a cemetery dating back to the 1700s and silos that remain from when the property was home to the Happy Valley School for children from broken homes.
Kazarnovsky wanted to dispel a notion that Millers Pond would be constructed for the fastest-growing populations in the surrounding area — Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews living in and around Monsey.
The developers will need Ramapo to grant a zone change as well as a change in the town’s comprehensive plan, according to Town Attorney Michael Klein. Current zoning allows one home per every 50,000 square feet, or about 1.15 acre, and the comprehensive plan does not allow multifamily housing there.”
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