Appellate court blocks massive housing complex in Pomona

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Plans to build a massive housing complex at the former Patrick Farm in Pomona came to a halt Friday after the state appellate court blocked its approval. 

The Town of Ramapo had given the green light to a Monsey developer to build nearly 500 units on 206 acres of land. 

Suzanne Mitchell, from the environmental group ROSA – which stands for Rockland Organized for Sustainability and a Safe Aquifer – says several lawsuits claim overdevelopment could be hazardous and jeopardize drinking water. The proposed site near Route 202 and Route 306 contains wetlands and a natural gas pipeline.

"Over the long haul, we were able to uncover major facts about this project that were ignored by the town or hidden by the town," said Mitchell. 

Environmental attorney Bruce Levine says the gas pipelines that run through the property would be at risk of exploding if the project moved forth. 

"They never said what could happen if there are leaks... All kinds of questions and they never considered them," said Levine. 

It appears the court agrees. 

Ramapo is now being forced to start over and look into the environmental impacts.

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