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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Attorney Trust Account
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Roseland NJ 07068,
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The Mayor read a formal statement regarding the issue that The Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township had raised on April 20th. This group asked back then that Township officials undo the settlement between the Township and The Chai Center because The Chai Center had not been faithful to the agreement.


The Mayor stated that the Township attorney had advised Township Committee members that a judicial view of the settlement was in fact warranted. The Mayor went on to say that while this review of the settlement was warranted no one in the public should take this action as any interference on their part with the ongoing case going on before the Millburn Zoning Board of Adjustment. The Mayor added that no one in the public should see this as Township officials taking one side or the other.


The Concerned Neighborhood group feels strongly that the settlement dated July 7, 2009 and signed by all parities has not been honored by The Chai Center.


1.  The Chai Center agreed to “dedicate a reasonable number of meetings” for the application. It has now been 15 months.
2. The Chai Center, in the settlement, said they wanted to expand the current home at 1

Jefferson Avenue but instead now contemplate demolition of that home and the home next door and plan on constructing a 16,350 square foot facility on an undersized piece of property.

3. The Chai Center agreed to hold only prayer meetings at the home but would be prohibited from materially increasing their frequency and scope. They have not lived up to this end of the agreement either.


Statement by James O. Welch, Trustee,

The Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township


“Based on Millburn Mayor Sandra Haimoff’s statement read last night at the Township Meeting, our group feels that allowing a new judicial review by the Essex County Court judge will end with a ruling in our favor. Our group and many residents believe that The Chai Center has violated the settlement agreement with the township that was dated July 7, 2009. The settlement excused $499,000 in previous fines in return for The Chai Center agreeing to terms they have violated.”


Below is the challenge and the document that was read at the April 20, 2011 Township Committee Meeting.

Save Millburn is the name for the local, registered, non-profit group,
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