Congregation Bais Medrash Breslov currently has a minyan in a child care center building on County Line Road near Somerset Avenue.

The shul is currently under a contract to purchase an adjoining lot from Chaim D. and Estee Schreiber.

On Tuesday night, the shul secured Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval from Lakewood Township's Planning Board for the purpose of constructing a two-story shul building on this site.

The shul was represented by Attorney Miriam Weinstein Esq. and Engineer Brian Flannery.

The tract is an almost rectangular shaped property containing almost 11,000 sq feet in area. The site has two one-story frame dwellings which will be removed to make way for the new shul building.

The architectural plans submitted depict a 1,508 sq foot main sanctuary as well as a 522 sq foot cheder sheini on the first floor, and a 649 sq foot ezras noshim and 3 offices on the second floor. There will be no basement.

The site plans show an off-street parking area with 14 spaces, including 1 van accessible ADA space and 1 electric vehicle spot. The driveway will be restricted to right-turn in and right-turn out only.

New curbing and sidewalk are present along the project’s East County Line Road frontage. Site improvements are proposed for the property, including paving, curb, sidewalk (including a sidewalk connection between the street and building), drainage, utilities, lighting, and landscaping.

Sanitary sewer, gas mains, potable water, and overhead electric lines are all available along the roadway.

Drainage improvements also exist throughout East County Line Road. The on-site drainage system will be upgraded to store the entire 100-year storm and not flood the parking lot.

The property is in the R-12 Single-Family Residential Zone District. Places of worship are permitted in the zone.

The application did require a number of bulk variances:

Rear Yard Setback of 5.69 feet where 20 feet is required

Side Yard Setback of 6.26 feet where 10 feet is required

Combined Side Yard Setback of 14.52 feet where 25 feet is required

Building Coverage of 32.3% where 25% is the maximum allowed

No Buffer where 20 feet is required

Parking in the 20 foot buffer

As previously reported here on FAA News, back in February 2023 the Board approved the lot line adjustment to create the lot for the future shul site. At that public hearing, the Board approved variances for lot area (10,914.10 sq feet where 12,000 sq feet is the minimum) and lot width (70.28 feet where 90 feet is required).

A right-of-way dedication to Ocean County is proposed bringing the half right-of-way width to forty-three feet (43’) in accordance with the County Master Plan.

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