Ramapo, NY - Residents Protest Formation of Student Housing Zones
Ramapo, NY - More than 150 people sowed up to protest the town's formation of zones to accommodate housing associated with religious schools. The town has four adult student housing zones.
The town says it has to comply with a federal law - called the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which took effect in 2000. The law is being used by developers who want to build a Jewish Yeshiva and rabbinical college with dormitories on 100 acres of woodlands in Pomona - effectively bringing 5,000 new people into the village of fewer than 3,000 residents.
But the people at the protest, mainly from a group called People in Preserve Ramapo, said the high density will ruin their semi-rural neighborhood. [AP]
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