Hundreds pack meeting on proposed development in Ramapo

Hundreds of people packed Ramapo Town Hall last night to express concerns over a plan to construct some 500 housing units at Patrick Farms.

Susan Shapiro, whose parents live across the street from Patrick Farms, is concerned that the plan to build single-family homes, condominiums and volunteer housing could result in unclean drinking water for her parents, citing the fact that Patrick Farms is on a wetland.

Suzanne Mitchell, representing the group Ramapo Organized for Sustainability and a Safe Aquifer, says there's no question that should the project be built the way it is currently proposed, it would undoubtedly challenge the aquifer even further.

While the developers wouldn't comment directly, someone working with them spoke on their behalf to the planning board, saying that they have concluded that the development would be in agreement with the town's ground water and aquifer protection protocols.

It's still unclear when the planning board might make a final decision on the project.

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