Protest For Proposed School In Hillcrest

A group of about 70 residents met Thursday night to protest the proposed construction of a 250- student Orthodox Jewish boy’s school. The school is planned to be built at 8 Eckerson Lane, which currently is a three story, one family home, which the Monsey based congregation Mosdos Sanz Klausenburg is turning into faculty offices for the school. They will be adding to the property a 35- foot building with a 27 spot parking lot, and a recreation area of 7,500 square feet. According to protest organizer, Michael Miller, the residents of the Hillcrest neighborhood are most upset that there is a school being built that the community cannot use. Others are worried about the impact that the school will have on the already growing political and ethnic tensions. Hillcrest resident Nancy Mirsky said that the community is multiracial with many different ethnicities and she is worried about the relationships that they have worked so hard to form being destroyed by the school’s arrival. Representative for the congregation, Abraham Spitzer, stated that everyone involved with the school is looking forward to interacting with the neighborhood and they will respond to all comments and suggestions made by the residents. Ramapo Building Inspectors had issued two stop work orders before Anthony Mallia, Director of Building, Planning and Zoning approved an application for year long temporary use the building. Residents are upset that they didn’t have any awareness of the project and did not get a say in the design of the school. Some are worried that it will negatively affect the property values.

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