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What’s The Big Deal? County Acquires New City Property For Open Space; Former Suffern Bank Building Turned Coffee Shop Sold; Commercial Garage Sells In Nanuet

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Rockland County Spends $1.8 Million To Acquire 13+ Acres Of Open Space In New City

Open Space AcquisitionRockland County Purchased 13.72 Acres In New City To Preserve As Open Space.

The county acquired 176 and 180 South Mountain Road in New City from William and Edward Schmidt as part of the county’s Open Space Acquisition Program. The two parcels total 13.72 acres of largely vacant land. The purchase price was $1.794 million.

The acreage sits just west of North Little Tor Road and just south of South Mountain County Park.

Along with the acquisition, a restrictive covenant was recorded designating the property as parkland and prohibiting its use for any other purpose. By its terms, the deed restriction and restrictive covenant can be enforced by any resident of Rockland County.

The properties are bisected by the West Branch of the Hackensack River, and contain pockets of federal wetlands and steep slopes.

An application to subdivide the property was presented to the Town of Clarkstown in 2018.

In 2023, Rockland County spent nearly $6 million to preserve 25 acres through its Open Space program. The county purchased two parcels totaling 13.34 acres situated to the west of Route 45 and the east of the Palisades Parkway in Pomona for $1.39 million from two Gordon family trusts. The county also purchased 11.83 acres at 20 New Valley Road in New City from Davies Farm Inc., paying $4 million for the vacant residential land. The purchase is not related to the Dr. Davies farm family.

After adding $5 million to the Open Space Acquisition Budget this year, the County has about $7.25 million available for acquisitions in 2024. Twelve nominated parcels are currently under consideration.

Bank Building Formerly Leased By Java Love Coffee Roaster Sold For $1.2 Million

java loveThe former Java Love Coffee Roaster building at 50 Lafayette Avenue in Suffern was sold to Lafayette 50, LLC, a entity affiliated with Ariel Aufgang of Suffern-based Aufgang Architects. The property sold for $1.2 million. The seller was 50 Lafayette Avenue, LLC, owned by former Suffern mayor Dagan LaCorte.

The property, a former bank building with a large parking lot, housed Java Love Coffee Roasters from 2019 until this week, when the roaster announced the closure of its Suffern location. Java Love maintains its roasting company in Montclair, NJ. The reason for the closure, according to its owners, related to post-COVID difficulties and increased business expenses.

The buyer told RCBJ via email, “[t]he plan is to bring something new and exciting to add to the growing vitality of the Suffern downtown. With new apartment buildings opening, there is an influx of a population that wants our village to be a place for entertainment and restaurants. We are already very proud to call Suffern home and are looking to make it even better.”

Commercial Garage Sells for $1.25 Million in Nanuet

West Nyack RoadA commercial property at 69 West Nyack Road (64.5-2-8) in Nanuet sold to John Durso of  Durso Properties V, LLC, a Nanuet, NY-based LLC.

The seller was K&J Building Management Corporation of New City. The 2000 square foot building on .26 acres sold for $1,250,000.

Financing in the amount of $750,000 at 6.25% per annum for 10 years was provided by the sellers Joseph and Lauren Castelli of New City.

Durso also owns property at 63, 91, 93 and 101 West Nyack Road in Nanuet.