“Neighbors of the Manny Weldler town park have taken Ramapo to court for planning to sell what they believe is a portion of the park to a developer. Town Attorney Michael Klein, however, says the 5.64 acres of land at 24 Grosser Lane has never been part of the park, even though paved walkways on the property are connected to the park. “We’ve had the piece of land that’s been unused for decades,” Klein said. “The town decided to surplus the property and sell it.” The Article 78 filing is pending before state Supreme Court Justice Victor Alfieri. A hearing before Alfieri is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday. David Goldberg, 39, who lives near the park, is not part of the lawsuit but agrees with his neighbors’ concerns that the area is being overdeveloped. “We’ve been here for 25 to 30 years. This has always been part of the park,” Goldberg said of the Grosser Lane lot. “We need more green in this area.” The neighbors’ petition maintains that the property was donated to the town in 1971 by Ruby Joseph, the developer of the Monsey Jewish Center, “for the purpose of providing open space” and to add it on to the adjacent Weldler park.” Read the full story here.
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