Ali RosenOct 6, 2017, 8:30 pm

Hamlet of Ramapo residents face uncertainty after receiving eviction notices from town

Attorney says town purchased property in 2009, with intention of knocking it down and subdividing it

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Life-long residents of the Hamlet of Ramapo are now being asked to leave their homes, because the town has other plans for the property.

“It’s quiet, as you can see. It’s very quiet and we used to play ball here and it’s just a nice town. We all know each other. Some of us are second generation in here,” says John Lemond, who has lived on Lake Street his whole life. He and his 15 neighbors recently received eviction notices.

“I'm bitter the way the town has handled these things,” Lemond says.

Other residents whom FiOS1 News spoke with who didn't want to go on camera are feeling the same: Helpless and heartbroken.

According to the town attorney, Michael Kline the town purchased the property in 2009 with the intention of knocking it down and subdividing.

Although over the last eight years residents became concerned about what the town may do with the property they never foresaw eviction.

Lemond says the town is compensating them by them not paying rent.

In a notice last week, residents were told their leases are effective until Nov. 30. The town attorney says those who need more time are able to make that request to the town.

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