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Clarkstown Purchases Property, Stopping Proposed Church Construction

Open space is being preserved in Clarkstown
Open space is being preserved in Clarkstown Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CITY, NY -  Clarkstown is getting some more open space.

Supervisor George Hoehmann announced Thursday that the town will purchase 4.3 acres of property owned by St. Peter’s Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in an effort to prevent the negative impact on area residents, protect the town's wetlands, and preserve open space.

The purchase of the property prevents the development of a 10,925 square foot church and a parking lot for 55 spaces, while additionally protecting 2.357 acres of wetlands.

“Today’s announcement is a true victory for preservation and conservation,” said Tina Traster, a 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.”

Under the deal, the town will purchase the 4.3 acres for $235,000 and develop nature trails that connect to the Long Path and integrated into Mountainview Nature Park.

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