Illegal Religious School to Remain Closed in Brick, Owner and City Due in Court Oct. 14 – Brick, NJ Shorebeat – News, Real Estate, Events, Community, Sports, Business
A Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that a private religious school deemed illegal by the Township of Brick will have to keep its doors closed, at least until the owner of the establishment and township officials agree on the settlement of a number of security issues that will be discussed. during a court hearing on October 14.
Judge Craig Wellerson ruled that David Gluck, who controls Congregation Kehilos Yisroel, the Lakewood-based organization that purchased the former Temple Beth Or facility in The Brick, must keep the school that operated in his building closed until so that non-zoning issues can settle. Township officials allege the school was operating illegally since its owner never sought approval for a site plan allowing its presence in the building.
Gluck, in a separate case, is also accused of illegally operating an alleged dormitory in a residence a short walk from the school. The house, which has an occupancy limit of five residents, was used to house about 20 people, neighbors recorded. There have also been allegations by neighbors of “block busting” and “racial direction” by realtors associated with Lakewood’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community since the school opened.
Gluck did not appear in Brick Township Municipal Court on Monday to answer charges of code violations at the 91 Hendrickson Avenue residence and the case was adjourned for a week. His attorney appeared before Wellerson, a state Superior Court judge sitting in Toms River, on Tuesday.
The court announced that a limited agreement had been reached by Gluck and the township to resolve non-zoning issues by Oct. 14. Until then, Wellerson has decided the school should continue to be closed. Township inspectors found a number of compliance issues in the building in relation to its use as a school, including violations of the state’s Uniform Building Code and the local fire code.
The township has agreed to conduct another inspection before the Oct. 14 hearing and determine if these safety issues have been resolved. Gluck was ordered to provide 72 hours notice to inspectors that the work is complete, and inspectors will then have an additional 48 hours to write a report to be submitted to the court.
Despite the motion at Tuesday’s hearing, the substantive issue of the case – zoning – has yet to be addressed. On Oct. 14, Wellerson is expected to process the inspectors’ safety report and, if the building is in compliance, decide whether the school can reopen while the underlying zoning issues are addressed.