21 New COs Issued For Controversial Satmar Hasidic Development In Bloomingburg, NY
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Twenty-one new certificates of occupancy were issued today for Modern Orthodox developer Shalom Lamm’s controversial high-density Chestnut Ridge housing development in Bloomingburg, New York, the Times Herald-Record reported.
That brings the total number of certificates of occupancy issued to 45.
The first 24 certificates were tied up in a legal battle for seven weeks after the Town of Mamakating took the Village of Bloomingburg alleging – apparently correctly – that Lamm’s development violated the state fire code. Even so, the case was dismissed earlier this month after two days of hearings and the certificates of occupancy were issued.
Lamm’s company originally pitched the development through a front man to the tiny Sullivan County village of 420 people in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains as a low-density retirement and vacation community complete with its own 9-hole golf course.
But Lamm and his company didn’t build that project. Instead, they built a 396-unit high-density townhouse development that will house approximately 2,000 to 2,500 hasidim.
Lamm told the paper most of the units are already spoken for and in the process of closing. Families should begin moving later this fall and Bloomingburg will become overnight a new Satmar hasidic village in everything but name only.
A RICO suit filed against Lamm was recently dismissed in part because a judge ruled it should have been filed years ago, and that the statute of limitations had run out, even though village residents did not have definitive proof of Lamm’s alleged trickery until years after it began.