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Monroe, NY - Bauer Refuses To Cave To Pressure; Won’t Sell His Undeveloped Property In Kiryas Joel

Published on: June 7, 2015 10:12 PM
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Monroe, NY - Mount Kisco resident and land developer, Irving Bauer, 70, has found himself in the news again amidst the ongoing conflict to expand Kiryas Joel and make room for the still growing community, according to a story in the Times Herald Record (http://bit.ly/1MAefCF).

For nearly three decades, Bauer, a member of the Nitra sect, has owned approximately 70 acres of undeveloped land in Kiryas Joel, but he has refused to sell his 10 percent share of the total 691 acres, choosing instead to wait for the value of the land to increase.

In what has become a prolonged court case with Orange County, Bauer alleges that his sliver of property, located along Nininger Road across from the Monroe state police barracks, can accommodate over 1,000 new condos and is worth tens of millions of dollars. But in an earlier court case involving the property, an Orange County public health engineer testified that Bauer’s property is not worth nearly as much as he contends, saying that the “lack of adequate water supply is a predominate factor which cannot be disregarded.”

Orange County has already spent upwards of $500,000 in its dispute with Bauer about taking the land. The case is now pending in the Appellate Division. Bauer’s attorney would not reveal if, or how soon, his client intends to sell the property. “He is land-banking, confident that its value is increasing,” Gerald Orseck said. Bauer did not return calls left for him at either of his office locations.

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 Jun 07, 2015 at 11:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Good for him!


 Jun 08, 2015 at 06:50 AM Anonymous Says:

What's Mr bauer net worth?


 Jun 08, 2015 at 08:54 AM yankee96 Says:

which bauer is this?


 Jun 08, 2015 at 09:11 AM lavrenty Says:

good as long as Neturei Karta cant expand I am happy.


 Jun 08, 2015 at 09:35 AM Anonymous Says:

He's 70 already, when does he think he'll use this money?


 Jun 08, 2015 at 10:05 AM awacs Says:

Confused: why is Orange County (as opposed to KJ or Monroe) trying to take this land? What do they want it for?


 Jun 08, 2015 at 11:04 AM VoiceOfSanity Says:

We do practice capitalism in the US so what exactly is the issue - good for him! And what is the legal issue here that Orange County is fighting?


 Jun 08, 2015 at 11:49 AM KJ Chicken & Fries Says:

when they will threaten to change the zoning rules and make his property unfit for residential use and worthless then he will beg to sell.


 Jun 08, 2015 at 02:29 PM Boiler Maker Says:

Gavriel Bauer is a very smart man !


 Jun 08, 2015 at 03:33 PM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

He's 70 already, when does he think he'll use this money?

I know! Isn't it ridiculous how some people want to leave something to their children/grandchildren?


 Jun 08, 2015 at 04:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

What's Mr bauer net worth?

His net worth is close to a billion


 Jun 08, 2015 at 04:43 PM OyGevald Says:

Let's clear the air!
Bauer is a fine upstanding gentleman. The issue here is quite interesting. The local municipality wanted land to reconfigure the dangerous curve on the road and to do that they needed the land. They made him a low-ball offer which he refused and they went ahead and seized the land through Eminent Domain. He sued and his lawyers contend it' was worth millions before they cut off that chunk while the town claims that without KJ's anticipated water pipeline, the land is worthless. So - lawyers get at it! Read all about it at the article source.


 Jun 08, 2015 at 06:40 PM yanky8008 Says:

Can everyone please mind their own business! It aint going to help you if you think you voice all your opinions!


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