Building Planned for Ramapo Wooded Area

According to the Ramapo Land Co. a section of land on the border of Sloatsburg may be purchased by a development group, Woodmont Properties of Fairfield, New Jersey, for the purpose of building a condominium complex with 384 units. Ramapo’s building inspector and the town’s director of building, planning, and zoning Tony Mallia stated that the site will be eligible for both residential and commercial use, since the land will include Auntie El’s Farm Market. Owner Karl Schlademan’s stated that he is looking forward to the plans, as it will bring more business to the store. Though Mallia stated that the project appears to be what the town has been looking for, for the location, several concerns have been raised about developing the area. According to Patsy Wooters, leader of the Torne Valley Preservation Association, that section of land is frequently populated by the threatened species of Timber Rattlesnakes, and is one of their foraging spots in the valley. Mayor of Sloatsburg Carl Wright stated that there have been road closings for that part of Route 17 due to flooding in the past and developing the land around it can lead to further problems. The project also adds to the threat of overdevelopment, according to Ramapo Central Board of Education President Craig Long. Without knowing for sure how many children the new condos could bring into the county, it is unknown how pressured the district could become. The plan will most likely be seen and reviewed by the Ramapo planning board next month.

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