Suffern Mayor John Keegan thinks it would be a good idea for residents to have a chance to tour the former Tilcon New York guarry where a developer wants to build at least 440 condominiums.
It’s a place that’s been off limits for decades while the quarry operated, so few residents have had a chance to see the property and the views of the Ramapo Mountains.
Want to take a look?
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The July 10 Ramapo Zoning Board of Appeals meeting will have something for just about everyone interested in development issues in the county’s most populous town.
Developers of the proposed Ramapo Hills subdivision of 263 condominiums will be taking a second crack at getting variances for their project off Route 17, just south of Sloatsburg.
Variances from town codes will be sought for Yeshivas Bais Yehudi for a two-family house on North Saddle River Road, while Congregation Bais Yehuda seeks zoning accommodations for an existing school at 72 Main St. in Monsey. It was “unclear” to the county Department of Planning how the school was operating without a special permit.
The agenda also includes three-lot and four-lot subdivisions off Old Nyack Turnpike, the conversion of a single-family house to a three-family building with two accessory apartments on Cedar Lane, and the construction of another three-family house with accessory apartments on Ellish Parkway.
The meeting begins at 8:15 p.m. in Town Hall, 237 Route 59, Airmont.
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The second-most populous village in Ramapo appears to be at the cusp of a condominium construction craze.
Not only is the village looking to develop condominiums in an urban renewal site along Orange Avenue, but a builder has proposed as many as 440 in a spent quarry between Lafayette Avenue and the Thruway.
The latter plan is to be coupled with a flood-control project that would draw water from the Mahwah River, relief long sought, especially by residents of the Squire’s Gate neighborhood that was last swamped by Hurricane Floyd.
Some downtown merchants support the Orange Avenue project as bringing residents closer to their shops.
Do you have any concerns? Is increased traffic a worry? What about the water supply? How do Suffern folks feel about the potential of having a couple of thousand new neighbors?
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Four years after buying property at the Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg, the town plans to announce K. Hovanian Homes as the preferred developer.
Tomorrow’s announcement won’t be a big surprise to anyone who has been following Orangetown politics of late, since Hovanian has been talked about in town for a while.
Still, this will make it official and will bring Hovnanian’s plans out into the open. Most recently, Hovnanian was pitching a plan for some 550 condos and townhouses for senior citizens. Stay tuned for details.
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The Route 306 corridor from Monsey to Route 202 has been drawing quite a bit of attention from developers lately.
A 700-plus student yeshiva is planned at the Grandview Avenue intersection, about a quarter mile north of a proposed 78-apartment adult student housing project connected with a yeshiva.
Near that site is a proposed 162-unit senior citizen housing project.
Then, of course, there is the proposed rabbinical college where Route 306 meets Route 202, as well as an adult student housing zone on the opposite side of the intersection.
Does anyone have suggestions on how to balance the rights of land owners to develop their properties with the needs of residents living in the area?
Some people I’ve interviewed in recent weeks feel overwhelemed by it all, while others are accepting that development is bound to happen.
Should the town ask developers to reduce the number of units? Should the town focus more open-space preservation efforts within existing neighborhoods, like it did in buying two camps in Airmont? Should the town consider buying development rights from landowners, similar to how some Orange County communities have bought development rights from farmers?
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Residents of Moorea Court in Garnerville are concerned about a possible traffic impact from the new Commerce Bank building planned at the corner of Route 202 and Moorea Court.
Residents, such as Tom McCabe of Moorea Court, voiced their concerns during the Haverstraw Town Board meeting last night.
McCabe said the bankÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s plan to create an exit on Moorea Court Ã¢â‚¬â€ a cul-de-sac in a residential area Ã¢â‚¬â€ would be a problem because children were always playing on the street. When a restaurant was located at the site, there was no access to Moorea Court from the property, he said.
Haverstraw town Supervisor Howard Phillips said at the meeting that although he was not supposed to intervene plans before the Planning Board, he would look into the issue.
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This year promises to bring drastic changes to the village’s downtown, with the construction of new stores, apartments and townhouses.
Village officials also speak of declining crime rates, and how a “24-hour community” will make for a safer place.
What’s needed to bring more consumers into Spring Valley? What kinds of stores and restaurants would be draw? How much an issue is public safety?
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