Proposed housing development could double South Blooming Grove population

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A proposed Hasidic housing development in South Blooming could more than double the population of the village if approved as is.

A 700-acre expanse off Clove Road was once the site of a country club. It’s now home to trees and a few abandoned buildings.

Neighbors there could soon be looking at a 600-house Hasidic development.  The Clovewood Project could add up to 3,900 people, more than doubling the village's current population of just 3,200.

Attorney Steven Barshow represents Keen Equities, the investor group behind Clovewood Project. He says the development is within the village's zoning laws.

Residents there say they're concerned about the project's impact on water, traffic and the community at large. Another issue is the project's plan for all 600 homes to have the ability to build an extra accessory apartment.

Clovewood developers submitted an environmental impact statement to village officials in April showing how the project would provide its own well water and reduce potential traffic and noise problems.  Many say the project in itself is problematic.

The village has until the end of the month to decide if Clovewood's environmental impact statement addresses all the study concerns identified last year. If it does, the next step will be a public hearing.

The attorney for South Blooming Grove says village officials are still reviewing the project's environmental impact statement.

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