LAKEWOOD TOWNSHIP, NJ – A Lakewood Yeshiva that has been doing construction without permits has been granted approval to use several trailers to operate a private school. The school has been under fire for taking down trees and constructing a driveway without proper permits, but the Lakewood Planning Board said all of that is irrelevant to the matter before them, which was whether or not to grant official approval to continue. The board approved the application by a 5-0 vote.
The property is located at 420 Cross Street and Simcha Gellerman is seeking to convert the existing single-family home into a private school, build a basketball court and to place several trailers, which appear to be 5 according to the plan submitted to the planning adjacent to the home.
The planning board said the placement of the trailers is temporary until a proper facility could be built on the site.
Residents who sent emails worried that the traffic on Cross Street is bad right now and that adding more school traffic would make the situation worse.