לֹא, תִּגְנֹבוּ; וְלֹא-תְכַחֲשׁוּ וְלֹא-תְשַׁקְּרוּ, אִישׁ בַּעֲמִיתוֹ. (ויקרא יט, יא)

זֹרוּ רְשָׁעִים מֵרָחֶם; תָּעוּ מִבֶּטֶן, דֹּבְרֵי כָזָב. (תהילים נח,ד)

  כִּי-אֱמֶת, יֶהְגֶּה חִכִּי; וְתוֹעֲבַת שְׂפָתַי רֶשַׁע. (משלי ח,ז)

שְׂפַת-אֱמֶת, תִּכּוֹן לָעַד; וְעַד-אַרְגִּיעָה, לְשׁוֹן שָׁקֶר. (משלי יב,יט)

רְצוֹן מְלָכִים, שִׂפְתֵי-צֶדֶק; וְדֹבֵר יְשָׁרִים יֶאֱהָב. (משלי טז,יג)

וְאִ֣ישׁ אֶת־רָעַ֣ת רֵעֵ֗הוּ אַֽל־תַּחְשְׁבוּ֙ בִּלְבַבְכֶ֔ם וּשְׁבֻ֥עַת שֶׁ֖קֶר אַֽל־תֶּאֱהָ֑בוּ כִּ֧י אֶת־כׇּל־אֵ֛לֶּה אֲשֶׁ֥ר שָׂנֵ֖אתִי נְאֻם־ה'. (זכריה ח,טז)

The developers of a school who pinky swore to the Lakewood Planning Board - right in front of the neighbors who were represented by two attorneys - that they will not build a simcha hall and that "nothing on site will be rented" are now publicly fundraising in their building campaign for a simcha hall.

As previously reported here on FAA News, back in December 2022, Nachlas Bais Yaakov submitted a Site Plan application to the Planning Board to construct a new school at 253 Newport Avenue.

The architectural plans depicted a banquet hall complete with a separate entrance, lobby, coatroom, separate restrooms and a truck delivery area.

Nachlas Bais Yaakov was represented by Attorney Adam Pfeffer Esq. and Engineer Brian Flannery.

Neighbors on the very narrow block retained Attorneys Ed Liston and Matthew Fiorovanti Esq. to oppose the major application.

Mr. Liston represented that his client accepts that schools are important in our community, however at the same time, schools need to be constructed in ways that don't "destroy neighborhoods."

Mr. Fiorovanti conceded that schools are an inherently beneficial use and a permitted use under Lakewood's Master Plan, however, "you can accomplish this goal also by building a smaller school."

Mr. Fiorovanti noted that the major buffer variance as well as the lack of landscaping made this application simply "too much, too soon," and despite that the school can provide testimony on the "benefits" of their application, the Board also needs to weigh the "detriments" as, under the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law, the benefits need to substantially outweigh any detriments.

Mr. Fiorovanti further noted that the proposed on-site school bus loading zone can fit only 10 buses and their 1,500 student count will require 30 buses - this will require numerous buses to line Newport Avenue which is an extremely narrow dead-end road.

The Board tabled the application until February 7, 2023 to give the school ample time to address the concerns of the neighbors.

At the February 7 public hearing the developers of the school returned with a scaled down plan including a stipulation that there not be any simcha hall and that "nothing on site will be rented."

The Board ultimately granted Site Plan approval to the scaled down application with those express conditions.

The Board's Resolution of Approval expressly states:

Mr. Pfeffer confirmed that [there will] not be a simcha hall.... Nothing on site will be rented...

Nachlas is currently running a building campaign fundraiser. Curiously, the fundraiser seeks donations for a "simcha hall" and "simcha hall entrance."

Hm... That sure is odd! Why would they be fundraising for a simcha hall after they so solemnly pinky swore to the Planning Board - right in front of the neighbors who were represented by two attorneys - that they will not build a simcha hall and that "nothing on site will be rented?"

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Yudel Shain said...

It's just like charging the parents for a "building fund" and then they sell the building for a hefty profit.

The parents say we are partners in the building, we paid into the building fund.

At the Din Torah the school claimed it's just another method of collecting more tuition and you are not partners.

The biggest, saddest joke is the Bais Din bought it "hook-line- and-sinker".

Sell the Bais Din the Brooklyn bridge, sorry it's sold already.

Anonymous said...

You can sell the BD the lower level of the Brooklyn Bridge. Only the upper level was already sold.
Aye. But there is no lower level!! Ah. Your catching on…

Anon said...

The original plans had a simcha hall. The website is just outdated and wasnt updated to remove that line

Area resident said...

@Anon 5:04pm

Please keep us posted as soon as the website is updated with the simcha hall lines removed.

001 said...

So sick and disgusting, they’re literally building a bais Yaakov on a bad foundation of lies, this is what the new generation is being taught to do.
We need change NOW!

Anonymous said...

To 001,

The Kamenitz school owner on Ridge Avenue just did a similar shtick. He said that his school would have only 360 kids and a maximum of 8 school buses which would never be there together at the same time, while in reality the owner is planning on having over 800 students (probably closer to 900) and 18-20 buses. Of course the parking lot can’t fit more than 6 buses max, so the narrow Ridge Ave will get clogged up with buses and buses while the entire neighborhood is stuck waiting. But since when did he ever care about the neighbors.

001 said...

@anonymous welcome to Lakewood 🤦‍♂️
I know of people who are just going to park their car in a nearby street and walk about 5 minutes.
It’s utterly ludicrous.

Anonymous said...

How can we trust the chinuch of our children with mosdos who lie
Where is the ehrlichkeit where is the emes

LB Boy said...

לא תלך רכיל בעמיך should also apply here….