Patrick MoussignacSep 14, 2018, 6:00 pmSep 14, 2018, 6:41 pm

Ramapo officials want to sell town property to build yeshivas, close $8M spending gap

Public criticizes plan, board decides to table vote


POMONA – Ramapo town leaders want to sell 75-acres of town property along Route 45, which will be developed into multiple yeshivas on what being called the "striker property" campus. According to, the property is zoned for both residential properties as well as private schools. The parcel of land is located near Ramapo’s baseball stadium.

Town officials said this plan would not only help the budget, which is facing an approaching $8 million spending gap, but to also alleviate the growing issue of yeshivas in residential homes.

While both orthodox Jewish residents as well as non-Jewish residents have opposed using family homes as schools, many in the public have criticized the plan. In one community group, residents have questioned the need to sell off public space and worry that the traffic would increase too much in the area, especially on days the Rockland Boulders play.

The board was scheduled to vote on the issue during a town meeting this week. However, they instead decided to table the vote and review the matter further after hearing from concerned residents.

Some critics have instead suggested the yeshivas be built on the vacant property such as the former Ramapo drive-in theater located in Monsey.

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