Turn to Tara: Town tells ‘Hamlet of Ramapo’ residents to vacate homes

<p>A secluded, historic community in the Town of Ramapo may be replaced with a commercial development project by the end of next month.</p>

News 12 Staff

Oct 5, 2017, 9:36 PM

Updated 2,474 days ago

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A secluded, historic community in the Town of Ramapo has been served eviction orders that kick in at the end of next month.
The 15 families who live on the secluded Lake Street block known as the “Hamlet of Ramapo” say they got a notice last week from the town to move out by Nov. 30.
The town purchased the 60 acres of land that surround Lake Street in 2009.
Residents say that the town has not given them a reason why the area is being sold, so News 12 went to Town Hall to ask the decision makers if they would be willing to give residents some answers.
Town attorney Michael Klein says maintaining the low-cost rental homes, some of which date back to the late-1700s, has been a big financial drain.  He believes that selling the land and returning it to the tax rolls makes more sense.
“It's not fair to the taxpayers to have to subsidize these units, which are not making money,” he says.


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