Judge rules in favor of Ramapo land deal

Opponents of a land deal in Ramapo plan to appeal a ruling by a judge that grants developers permission to build near what they say

Opponents of a land deal in Ramapo plan to appeal a ruling by a judge that grants developers permission to build near what they say is a park.

Opponents of a land deal in Ramapo plan to appeal a ruling by a judge that grants developers permission to build near what they say is a park. (12/30/15)

RAMAPO - Opponents of a land deal in Ramapo are not happy after a judge ruled in favor of letting developers build on property near what they say is a park.

The town of Ramapo wants to sell a 6-acre parcel of land to a developer who plans to build three or four houses. The site connects the surrounding neighborhood to the town's Manny Weldler Park. Opponents want to preserve the park land.

Efforts to kill the deal were rejected this week by a state Supreme Court judge. Under state law, if the land was dedicated park land the town wouldn't be able to sell it without approval by the state Legislature. However, the judge ruled that the path to the park and other amenities are nothing more than town-owned property.

Opponents plan to appeal the judge's ruling. They hope the appeals court judge will rule that if it looks like a park and is treated like a park then it's a park.

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