Potential Satmar Mega-Development in Blooming Grove Bad Idea, Says NY State Senator

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BLOOMING GROVE, NY (VINnews/Sandy Eller) – Just days before a planning board meeting will give South Blooming Grove residents an opportunity to weigh in on a massive housing project that may soon become a reality, a state senator is objecting to the proposed development which he believes would be harmful to the village.

A letter sent by Senator James Skoufis to the South Blooming Grove’s village and planning boards charged that the 600 home Clovewood project would ruin the village’s rural character, overburden existing infrastructure, create water issues and would not conform to current zoning regulations. Developer Keen Equities LLS hopes to build the project on approximately 140 acres of a 708 acre property off Clove Road, reported The Times Herald Record (https://bit.ly/33yFjUg).

The freshman senator noted that his remarks might not be welcome to some in the Hasidic community, but that there were others who would likely applaud his efforts.

There are many Orthodox Jewish families in South Blooming Grove who oppose this project,” observed Skoufis. “Hundreds have moved there and to Woodbury because they want a yard and some peace and to escape the high density hecticness of Kiryas Joel.”

While Clovewood would be open to all, Keen Equities’ plans state that Clovewood would likely attract Satmar Hasidim to its four bedroom, 3,000 square foot homes. The project plans report an expected village population of 6,997 if residents are primarily Hasidic and have accessory apartments, more than double the village’s current population of 3,182 as reported by the Census.

The planning board meeting will be held 7 PM Monday night at the village firehouse and is open to limited public attendance. Reservations must be submitted by 3 PM Sunday at [email protected] or 845-782-2600 and masks will be mandatory.

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