Ashley HartNov 3, 2017, 12:26 pm

Clarkstown acquires land, stops church's development proposal

Purchase of land will help protect the town's wetlands, officials say

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VALLEY COTTAGE — After a proposal to build a two-story, nearly 110,000-square-foot church, just off Mountainview Avenue threatened residents way of life, they formed a group, 'Preserve Mountainview Avenue.'

Concerned with the proposal community members voiced their concerns. They've said they don't want the extra traffic and they don't want it to affect their quality of life.

The Town of Clarkstown heard the communities concerns, and announced that it will spend $235,000, stop St. Peter's Malankara Catholic Church's request to build on the land.

The rural area will be used for nature trails, connecting the Long Path and Mountainview Nature Park.

In a press release, Town Supervisor George Hoehmann said: "From increasing code enforcement to passing our no-knock law, today's agreement is another bold step in protecting Clarkstown from overdeveloping residential neighborhoods while protecting the quality of life our residents demand and deserve."

Hoehmann says the purchase will help protect the town's wetlands.

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