This proposed 16,350 square foot house of worship would require
65% more land than owned to meet the legal requirements.
The structure would be too big, too high, too wide, too close to neighbors,
and without a major variance, would not be legal.

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Friday February 10, 2012, 5:13 PM

The Item of Millburn and Short Hills - Harry Trumbore


The meeting is set to include public comments on the site plan application to build a synagogue on property at the intersection of Old Short Hills Road and Jefferson Avenue.


The meeting had originally been scheduled to take place at Hartshorn School.

Board Chairman Joseph Steinberg told The Item of Millburn and Short Hills this afternoon that the meeting will begin at 7 p.m., but that the board will first conduct business unrelated to the site plan hearing. The board will not begin to hear public comments on the Chai Center application until 7:30 p.m.


Steinberg said notices will be posted at Hartshorn School alerting people to the change in venue.


The change to move the meeting to the high school is due to the large turnout expected for the meeting.


Rabbi Mendel Bogomilsky of the Chai Center for Living Judaism is proposing to build the synagogue on two combined lots that total 1.8 acres and is asking for a variance because the township ordinance states 3 acres are required for building a house of worship.


Steinberg said he will hold members of the public to comments of no more than three minutes per speaker. The lawyers representing the applicant and those opposing the construction will be allowed brief final statements that Steinberg said he will limit to 10 minutes each. After final statements, the board members are scheduled to discuss the application in public, then vote on it.


"I will ask people to stick to the matters before the board and not make speeches," Steinberg said. "I want to keep people focused on what is actually before the board, the three acres, the setback and all the rest."



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