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State shuts down Ramapo ballpark construction — again

Can-Am LeagueThe town of Ramapo has been cited for violating environmental laws in the construction of a new ballpark for the Rockland Boulders (independent; Can-Am League) for the third time — and this time state officials shut down construction pending a plan to correct the problems.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation shut down construction Friday after it was determined contractors were filling a detention pond with dirt, with additional problems caused by an unmaintained silt fence and detention pond walls.

Work cannot proceed on the ballpark construction until contractors and the town submit a plan to fix the problems. Construction on the project is on a fast track: the first part of the ballpark construction must be done by June 10, and crews have been working 12 hours a day. The first phase will cost $7.7 million. A second phase, costing $12 million, is on hold while the city seeks private financing — an effort that’s proven to be unsuccessful.

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