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Legal Wrangling Delays Hearing on Brick ‘Dormitory’ Until December, Location Chosen for School Hearing

91 Hendrickson Avenue, Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

91 Hendrickson Avenue, Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Another delay in the enforcement of a Brick Township ordinance against a developer accused of using a residential home as a dormitory for young men caused consternation among neighbors who are waiting for the matter to be resolved.

Meanwhile, the same property owner, David Gluck, is attempting to roll the violation for the property at 91 Hendrickson Avenue into a separate case revolving around the illegal operation of a private, religious high school on the same street in a former house of worship.

After hours of delays Monday morning, Adam Pfeffer, attorney for Gluck and his organization, the Lakewood-based ultra-Orthodox Congregation Kehilos Yisroel appeared in a Zoom court session which ultimately resulted in the adjournment of the case until Dec. 13. Lani Lombardi, the township’s special land use prosecutor, said she has not yet transmitted the complete cache of discovery documents to Pfeffer. The files, which were described as large in nature, were apparently unable to be sent via e-mail.

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Pfeffer pushed back against action being taken by the municipal court on the overcrowding summonses while the larger matter of the high school was being decided in Superior Court.

The former Temple Beth Or, where a private high school opened, causing controversy, Sept. 2021. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The former Temple Beth Or, where a private high school opened, causing controversy, Sept. 2021. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The home has been empty as of late, and the neighboring school has been shut down on the order of Superior Court Judge Craig L. Wellerson. The high school began operating without a zoning permit authorizing its use as a school and officials said its owner did not cooperate with authorities, leading the township to file a lawsuit against Gluck and CKY. Wellerson has ordered Gluck to present an application to the township’s Board of Adjustment (also known as the zoning board) asking for authorization to use the former Temple Beth Or property as a school – a conditional use in a residential zone. Approval would require a supermajority of board members voting in favor of granting the application.

Civic Plaza (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Civic Plaza (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The township has announced that due to the large amount of public interest in the school hearing, it will be heard in the large auditorium at Civic Plaza, 270 Chambers Bridge Road, rather than at town hall. The meeting will take place Dec. 20 and 7 p.m.

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