Rockland County, NY – Growth of Orthodox Jewish Population Leads to Home Building Boom

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    Rockland County, NY – The county added 547 housing units last year, trailing only Orange and Nassau counties among suburbs in New York, according to census data released Tuesday.

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    By contrast, Westchester had 63 new housing units last year, and Putnam had 18.

    Continued growth in Ramapo’s Orthodox Jewish population, as well as urban renewal in Spring Valley, continue to create housing demand, local leaders say.

    Smaller houses in areas along Route 306 have been demolished to make way for larger multiple-unit housing.

    “We are seeing the next generation of young people getting married,” said Kaser Deputy Mayor Shlomo Koenig. “People need a place to live and raise their families.”

    About three-quarters of the units approved in the past three years were in Ramapo, New Square, Kaser and Spring Valley, other census records show.

    “It’s not just the Orthodox community building. We have 42 ethnic groups here, and everybody has a big interest in moving in,” Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin said.

    About 50 houses are under construction in New Square, village Building Inspector Manny Carmona said.

    “There’s been a lot of new building, and it hasn’t slowed down much,” Carmona said.

    Gordon Wren, director of fire and emergency services, said parking capacity has not kept up with the added housing capacity, making the area’s narrower streets harder for emergency vehicles to maneuver.

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    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    14 years ago

    Kein yirbu!

    Only that it is tim to spread out a bit.
    Not that I want to be the pioneer, but there is tons of land in and around Rockland that is cheaper than Monsey, and I think it would be a great idea to start building some new projects.

    This is not great news...
    This is not great news...
    14 years ago

    By reading the comments on lohud, it is not great news. attention is being brought to the fact that new housing can be created without taxes being paid. It what the country perceives as some of the poorest communities in the country. If we were smart we would have a PR agent responding with whatever defense we have, for this. The poverty levels cannot be argued against because it is part of public record.

    5T resadent
    5T resadent
    14 years ago

    its too long a commute and the GW bridge is always a disaster…live here in the five towns…and if you can you know which of the 5T

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    14 years ago

    I think we should go wider then higher

    Moish
    Moish
    14 years ago

    I am so happy I got out of Monsey years ago and moved to Bergen County. What a dump Monsey has turned into.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    14 years ago

    Passaic, NJ is only a 20 min drive to Manhattan and 40 min to Brooklyn..they should build more units there…

    hear nur
    hear nur
    14 years ago

    i don’t mind the building. I do mind when it looks like a slum.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    14 years ago

    it is time for people to start moving into orange and sullivan county there is an unlimmited amount of vacant land land and housing are at a fraction of the cost that it cost to live in monsey brooklyn 5 towns etc your children will have a wholesome healthy quality life physicaly and spiritualy money and business and jobs will follow just as it did in lakewood and monsey every growing community needs doctors lawyers builders retail stores etc etc lakewood started off as a sleepy yeshiva town there are cuurrently over 4000 busineses in lakewood alone not to mention the surrounding areas rav weinstock from lakewood is starting a mesivta this elul zman in middletown ny viznitz has a kehilla in kiamisha woodridge and south fallsburg are slowly growing followed by monticelo

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    14 years ago

    What about Airmont? Its close to all the shopping and jewish needs from Monsey and Spring Valley but its still cheaper. You get a lot for your money. Isn’t that the case?

    Also, some people I think say that Airmont is or is becoming a “bummy” place, is that the case? Some one told me that it depends where in Airmont. So what’s the deal?

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    14 years ago

    I live in Chestnut Ridge (south of Spring Valley near the NJ border) and I am hoping that other frum Jews will move there. We have a lovely shul nearby, Kehilath Israel. There are so many houses for sale. On my block, Laurel Lane, there are 2 beautifully kept houses on almost an acre with 4 bedrooms/2 baths each priced   $379,000 (quite low for Rockland County).