Rockland County, NY – Growth of Orthodox Jewish Population Leads to Home Building Boom


    Rockland County, NY – The county added 547 housing units last year, trailing only Orange and Nassau counties among suburbs in New York, according to census data released Tuesday.

    By contrast, Westchester had 63 new housing units last year, and Putnam had 18.

    Continued growth in Ramapo’s Orthodox Jewish population, as well as urban renewal in Spring Valley, continue to create housing demand, local leaders say.

    Smaller houses in areas along Route 306 have been demolished to make way for larger multiple-unit housing.

    “We are seeing the next generation of young people getting married,” said Kaser Deputy Mayor Shlomo Koenig. “People need a place to live and raise their families.”

    About three-quarters of the units approved in the past three years were in Ramapo, New Square, Kaser and Spring Valley, other census records show.

    “It’s not just the Orthodox community building. We have 42 ethnic groups here, and everybody has a big interest in moving in,” Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin said.

    About 50 houses are under construction in New Square, village Building Inspector Manny Carmona said.

    “There’s been a lot of new building, and it hasn’t slowed down much,” Carmona said.

    Gordon Wren, director of fire and emergency services, said parking capacity has not kept up with the added housing capacity, making the area’s narrower streets harder for emergency vehicles to maneuver.

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    1. Kein yirbu!

      Only that it is tim to spread out a bit.
      Not that I want to be the pioneer, but there is tons of land in and around Rockland that is cheaper than Monsey, and I think it would be a great idea to start building some new projects.

    2. By reading the comments on lohud, it is not great news. attention is being brought to the fact that new housing can be created without taxes being paid. It what the country perceives as some of the poorest communities in the country. If we were smart we would have a PR agent responding with whatever defense we have, for this. The poverty levels cannot be argued against because it is part of public record.

      • I don’t have to read the comments on lohud to know that this kind of story will bring the Jew-haters crawling out of the woodwork. Plus Rt. 59 is a parking lot half the time. Can’t say I would want to live there.

      • I live in rockland & I commute to the city every single day. All I can say is that I was in lawrence this past sun & had to get to bp. Went with belt & linden blvd & it took forever. Well over an hour. So for the traffic reasons 5t’s is not the solution

      • It sounds like your “wider and higher” formula for new growth is the product of a mindset that values stuffing as many yidden into as small a space as possible without regard to aesthetics, open space and good design. Go to Lakewood and you will see row after row of big and ughly housing complexes whose only concern is stuffing yidden into the cheapest box they can build within the building codes.

        There is NO reason why yidden cannot move to new areas in upstate New York where there are already shuls, mikvahs and yeshivot. The new population will find more space and opportunity to develop with the right amenities without compromising good design principles. With modern communication over the internet, there is no reason anyone has to physically be in close proximity to their rebbe or kehillah.

        • There is NO reason why yidden cannot move to new areas in upstate New York where there are already shuls, mikvahs and yeshivot.
          yes you are right, but what about parnassah. yes we know parnassah is from hashem, but we got to do ours first and by moving to places without parnassah how is one supposed to live?

    3. it is time for people to start moving into orange and sullivan county there is an unlimmited amount of vacant land land and housing are at a fraction of the cost that it cost to live in monsey brooklyn 5 towns etc your children will have a wholesome healthy quality life physicaly and spiritualy money and business and jobs will follow just as it did in lakewood and monsey every growing community needs doctors lawyers builders retail stores etc etc lakewood started off as a sleepy yeshiva town there are cuurrently over 4000 busineses in lakewood alone not to mention the surrounding areas rav weinstock from lakewood is starting a mesivta this elul zman in middletown ny viznitz has a kehilla in kiamisha woodridge and south fallsburg are slowly growing followed by monticelo

    4. What about Airmont? Its close to all the shopping and jewish needs from Monsey and Spring Valley but its still cheaper. You get a lot for your money. Isn’t that the case?

      Also, some people I think say that Airmont is or is becoming a “bummy” place, is that the case? Some one told me that it depends where in Airmont. So what’s the deal?

    5. I live in Chestnut Ridge (south of Spring Valley near the NJ border) and I am hoping that other frum Jews will move there. We have a lovely shul nearby, Kehilath Israel. There are so many houses for sale. On my block, Laurel Lane, there are 2 beautifully kept houses on almost an acre with 4 bedrooms/2 baths each priced @ $379,000 (quite low for Rockland County).


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