“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.
Three weeks after the lawsuit’s filing, Justice Victor Alfieri ruled in favor of Ramapo, apparently agreeing with the town’s assertion that the property has never been part of Weldler park, even though paved walkways on the property are connected to the park.
The neighbors then filed a notice of appeal. They are required to file their court papers by Oct. 24 to proceed.
Meanwhile, the state Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has determined that the parcel in question was part of the park, according to documents obtained by The Journal News through a Freedom of Information Law request. The town received a $233,550 federal grant under the Land and Water Conservation Act to make improvements to Weldler park, and the park is protected under the act.
Diana Carter, director of planning with the state agency, wrote in the document that the Grosser Lane lot appears to be included in the park’s boundary shown in the map accompanied by the 1973 funding agreement. She also stated that records of a more recent site inspection reaffirmed the boundary.”
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