Bloomingburg, NY – In yet another legal obstacle for the controversial 396-unit Satmar Hasidic development in Bloomingburg, the Town of Mamakating has issued a stop work order on a building that was supposed to be used for a Mikvah — a ritual purification bath — for the development, the Times Herald Record reports.
The town acted after workers apparently began construction on the building owned by developer Shalom Lamm without planning board approval or a building permit, says Town of Mamakating Supervisor Bill Herrmann.
Lamm appeared before the Mamakating Planning Board last week to present the project that would be built at 51 Winterton Road, just a few hundred feet from the development where a judge just halted most construction on an unrelated legal matter.
When the town building inspector, Mary Grass, went to look at the building, she saw construction had begun. So she ordered work stopped until the town granted the necessary approvals.
“They had no permit and they knew they needed one,” Herrmann said. “It’s very difficult to deal with someone who skirts around the rule of law.”