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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