Bloomingburg, NY – The re-scheduled planning board meeting surrounding the controversial proposed school for girls in Bloomingburg is set to take place Thursday inside the Village Hall.
RECORDONLINE.com (http://bit.ly/1gW56D9) reports that the original meeting last month was hastily postponed after throngs of angry local residents stormed the meetinghouse to protest a scheduled presentation by developer Shalom Lamm.
According to locals, the girls’ school will serve the new 396 unit townhouse development in Chestnut Ridge, which they claim is being marketed exclusively to the Hasidic community.
Opponents claim such an influx will overwhelm the tiny village of 400 and the Pine Bush school district.
Recently, several articles, including a 16-page supplement, were published in Jewish and Yiddish papers promoting a new Satmar Hasidic community building in Bloomingburg.
At least one ad listed the number of a Brooklyn realtor for those interested in buying homes.
Lamm claims he had “nothing to do” with the sales promotions, and that he has been working only with licensed Realtors on marketing Chestnut Ridge, but added that, “I’m a developer and I’m here to sell homes. I’m not going to say someone can live or can’t live here.”