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Kiryas Joel board approves 1,600-unit condo complex in village
Kiryas Joel has approved construction of 1,600 apartments on 70 acres, at right. Route 17 is at left. [JIM SABASTIAN/FOR THE TIMES HERALD-RECORD]
By Chris McKenna
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at 6:16 PM
Updated Dec 10, 2017 at 6:16 PM
KIRYAS JOEL - Village officials have given final approval for a 1,600-unit condominium complex off Nininger Road and Orange County Route 105 that is expected to add more than 9,000 people to Kiryas Joel’s population when completed.
Kiryas Joel’s Planning Board approved the final step in the environmental review and the site plan for Veyoel Moshe Gardens on Dec. 3.
According to the environmental findings statement, home construction is expected to start in 2019 and be done by around 2025, depending on market conditions.
The developer, MYM Management, will spend roughly the next two years installing water and sewer lines and other infrastructure.
The plans call for 69 tightly arranged condominium buildings and two 28,000-square-foot community centers.
Condos will have three to five bedrooms and range in size from 1,600 square feet to 3,000 square feet, although most will have four bedrooms and be less than 2,500 square feet, according to the findings statement.
Construction is expected to take place in two phases, with 800 units in each.
Veyoel Moshe Gardens will occupy 70 acres of recently cleared land across Nininger Road from the state police Monroe barracks and separated from the rest of Kiryas Joel by County Route 105.
For years, that land had remained an untouched promontory of Kiryas Joel as new housing spread across much of the Satmar Hasidic village and available building space grew scarce.
The longtime owner finally decided to cash in on the property last year, and the resulting building plans cleared the Planning Board review in exactly one year.
The complex will have three entrances and result in new traffic signals on County Route 105 and Nininger Road and a pedestrian overpass to connect Veyoel Moshe Gardens to the rest of the village.
The developer expects the first homes to be ready for occupancy in 2020.
At least two other large development plans are in the works to meet the relentless demand for new housing in the fast-growing Hasidic community.
Pending before Kiryas Joel’s Planning Board are the 200-home Golden Towers project, to be built directly across Route 105 from the Veyoel Moshe Gardens site, and a 304-unit complex on Acres Road.
In November, Monroe voters approved separating Kiryas Joel from Monroe to form its own town, which will make more land available for dense housing development.
The future Town of Palm Tree includes 164 acres that Kiryas Joel annexed in 2015 and that opponents are no
longer challenging in court, plus 56 additional acres
Kiryas Joel officials expect to begin using a new well in Mountainville by the end of this month to solve the village’s immediate water shortage.
The findings statement for Veyoel Moshe Gardens predicts that Kiryas Joel will have finished its $60 million pipeline to tap New York City’s Catskill Aqueduct before the first of the 1,600 condominiums are email@example.com