November 3, 2017




Clarkstown to purchase church property for wetland, open space

NEW CITY – The Town of Clarkstown will purchase 4.3 acres of property owned by St. Peter’ Syro-Malankara Catholic Church to protect the town’s wetlands and preserve open space.

The town will pay $235,000 for the property and develop nature trails that connect to the Long Path and integrated into Mountainview Nature Park.

Town Supervisor George Hoehmann said the purchase will prevent development of an 11,000 square foot structure and a parking lot for 55 spaces, while protecting over 2.3 acres of wetlands.

“Preserving our environment and the bucolic nature of Clarkstown has been a hallmark of my administration,” Hoehmann said.

The announced purchase “is a true victory for preservation and conservation,” said Tina Traster, founding member of the Mountainview Avenue Preservation Group. “Mountainview Avenue is a special road that should be protected from the impacts of future development and our members could not be more excited about the open space we have to look forward to.”


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