Spring Valley HUD Project in Violation

In Spring Valley a HUD subsidized housing complex, already under investigation for discriminatory renting practices, is now charged with violations for allegedly building a school and a place of worship in the facility. Park View Condominiums, at Main Street and Maple Avenue, were part of a downtown urban renewal project. According to Spring Valley Chief Building Inspector Walter Booker, another inspector who was suspended at the time approved two religious baths called mikvahs in May 2015. Booker had originally rejected the baths because their religious uses violated federal guidelines for such public projects. Booker learned about the baths existence when someone from the development came to renew the permit for them. On Thursday, Booker and a village police officer inspected the buildings. Booker told the Journal News, “The site is in violation of site-plan approval, building-permit statues, certificate-of-occupancy statutes, zoning statutes and the conditions of the Urban Renewal Board that qualified it for approval through land-use boards.” Violations are now being submitted to Village Court for prosecution.

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