Monday, August 09, 2010

Ramapo considers approving religious school at site of cow slaughter 

The Planning Board will consider final site plan approval tomorrow for a Route 306 religious school that a Hasidic Jewish congregation ran illegally for a few years and where a calf was slaughtered.

The Planning Board meeting is scheduled to meet at 8 p.m. in Ramapo Town Hall, 237 Route 59, Airmont.

The request for final site plan approval by the Bobover Yeshiva of Monsey is on the agenda, along with an adult student housing proposal on Route 306, across from Brick Church Road.

The school will be a maximum height of 24 feet, for no more than 200 students in 15 classrooms. The students would be 7 to 13 years of age, with pre-kindergarten classes.

The Bobover proposal will again draw opposition from neighbors, who remember the congregation opened the school inside a house without town approvals about three years ago.

The congregation was later cited for safety violations after Hillcrest firefighters responded to an alarm at the house. The town violations included exposed wiring, conversion of a two-car garage into classrooms, and no fire-prevention system.

The Health Department cited the congregation for sewage issues, operating a kitchen, and slaughtering a calf.

Remnants of the cow were found dripping blood outside, and the head and intestines were stored in a classroom. The congregation paid a $5,000 fine for allowing the kosher slaughtering.

The congregation was forced to close down the school in August 2009, moving their students to a school in Spring Valley.

The proposed school comes on the heels of Ramapo approving a four-story dormitory school on nearby Babcock Lane and the development of nearly 500 houses on Patrick Farm. A large dormitory rabbinical school by Tartikov is being proposed in the area, but remains stalled in federal court.


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