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Construction is underway on a controversial housing project in Orange that is expected to draw thousands of new neighbors from Brooklyn.
Chester Town Supervisor Alex Jameson says that's what's in the works at The Greens At Chester, a once-dormant project for 431 homes off West Aveune.
Jameson says that within a year, they are going to build close to 80 or 90 houses, with about six or seven people in each house.
The development was approved decades ago but stalled until recently when the original builder sold plans as is to a Brooklyn-based developer, who's now fast-tracking construction.
Jameson says the development, expected to bring in thousands of new residents, could potentially double or triple the number of students within the district.
While he says that issue still needs to be ironed out, neighbors have their own concerns, like traffic and privacy, now that the once-shelved project has quickly resurfaced.
News 12’s efforts to reach out to the developer have not been successful.
Officials say the project is expected to be complete within three to four years.