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Court Action On Illegal ‘Dorm’ Near Proposed Religious School Delayed Again in Brick

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

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

More than a year after a Lakewood developer was charged with overcrowding a home on a residential street in Brick Township, allegedly to use it in the form of a dormitory for young men, the case remains unresolved.

A court date Monday ended without disposition – the latest in a string of court dates in which the matter has been delayed, adjourned and continued. The latest adjournment came after Adam Pfeffer, the attorney representing David Gluck, the developer, was found to have already been appearing in Superior Court in Toms River on another case and was not present in the Brick Township municipal courtroom.

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)

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Gluck is facing fines that mounted after purchasing a home near the site of the former Temple Beth Or synagogue, which he also bought from its longtime owner last year, with the intent on turning it into a private high school for boys. The home, at 91 Hendrickson Avenue, was allegedly used to house young men around the same time the high school – which has since been shut down by court order – began illegally operating. The two cases are separate, with the alleged overcrowding violations in the home being handled in municipal court, and a Superior Court judge overseeing the high school case, which has stalled over the past year before the township’s zoning board.

Gluck purchased an additional residential home in the area, but ultimately sold both to private homeowners in the months that followed.

The case involving the home was not adjourned to a certain date. Municipal Court Judge Joseph Grisanti said he will schedule a conference call with Pfeffer in two weeks, at which point a new trial date will be set after a series of Jewish holidays in the fall. Gluck, it was ruled, does not need to be present for the trial to move forward.


Editor’s Note: A correction was made to reflect the address of the home versus the house of worship property.

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