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Court Dates Set for Proceedings on Alleged Illegal School, Dormitory Homes

The former Temple Beth Or property, Brick, N.J., Aug. 2021. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The former Temple Beth Or property, Brick, N.J., Aug. 2021. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The owner of the former Temple Beth Or on Hendrickson Avenue, as well a residential home on the same street, will face a judge next week to respond to a summons issued by Brick Township officials regarding land use violations. Meanwhile, there have been no violations reported in a home with the same owner that recently registered as a rental property.

The high school, linked to Congregation Kehilos Yisroel (CKY) and controlled by developer David Gluck, was shut down for various safety and fire code violations after Brick officials filed a lawsuit with regard to the use of the property. Gluck, nor his organization, has submitted a site plan application to the township to operate a high school on the property.

Meanwhile, neighboring residents have reported that the home at 91 Hendrickson Avenue is being used as a de facto dormitory for about 20 men. The township since confirmed the observations of residents and issued a summons to the owner for over crowding, a violation of the property’s certificate of occupancy.

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91 Hendrickson Avenue, Brick. (Credit: Zillow/Real Estate Syndication)

91 Hendrickson Avenue, Brick. (Credit: Zillow/Real Estate Syndication)

Both of these cases are expected to be handled next week. The high school case has a scheduled appearance in municipal court Oct. 4, however due to the township’s lawsuit – which was filed in state Superior Court – that case may be removed to the higher-level venue. Mayor John Ducey said Tuesday that no such motion has been filed, however. Superior Court Judge Craig L. Wellerson scheduled a hearing on the school Oct. 5, and ordered CKY to submit a site plan to the township.

On the same day, the matter of the residential home – technically a separate case – will be heard during the court’s regular land use violation session. Shorebeat will be covering the hearings.

Meanwhile, residents in the neighborhood – who claim to have been victims of attempts to pressure them to sell their homes to members of Lakewood’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community – identified an additional home purchased by Gluck. That property, located at 226 Van Zile Road, was granted a rental certificate of occupancy this week, Ducey said. No violations have been issued with regard to the property since it remains unoccupied. Rentals in Brick are regulated insomuch as it is illegal to rent individual rooms of a property, operate a property as a boarding house, or over-occupy the property beyond what is allowed in the certificate.

“They did the rental inspection, provided a C.O., but no one has moved in,” Ducey said, responding to a question from a resident at a township council meeting.

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