A decaying Yeshiva complex on Forshay Rd. has been shuttered due to unsafe building conditions, according to Ramapo Chief Building Inspector Anthony Mallia.
Building inspectors posted orders Thursday on all of the property’s structures deeming them unsafe and not to be occupied, effectively shutting down the troubled complex indefinitely, Mallia said Friday.
The re-inspection, which took place on Tuesday, was spurred by an April inspection of an illegal matzo factory, Mallia said. “The interior conditions are newly discovered and we acted quickly to shut it down,” he said.
Inspectors, he said, recorded a dozen individual violations, including holes in the trailer’s walls and unstable blocking.
Mallia could not confirm whether all the trailers were being used by students.
The compound, owned by Congregation Ateres Yisroel, has faced a litany of building code violations in recent years and has been highlighted by local and state officials as an example of Ramapo’s inability to enforce fire and building codes.
Gordon Wren Jr., Rockland County’s coordinator of fire and emergency service, has long criticized what he sees as a lack of political will in Ramapo to enforce building and fire codes. He credited political pressure from Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-New City, for the shut-down order.
“The town of Ramapo allowed these conditions to develop, but we’re starting to see signs that things are changing. We’re cautiously optimistic,” Wren said.
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