OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The Logan Road residential rabbinical school will not open this year according to Mayor Chris Siciliano.
OCEAN TOWNSHIP Yeshiva Gedola Na'os Yaakov is looking to upgrade and use the existing elementary school to include a Talmudic Academy with students residing overnight. The Yeshiva was looking to occupy the property by Aug. 23, but that will not be happening because they did not complete the site work that was supposed to be completed by the end of May.
Siciliano said he recently had a meeting with Rabbi Lezin, Rabbi Z , Mr. Yakoff Shapiro and their attorney Donna Jennings and denied their request to move in this month.
"My reasons were that they did not have the building ready to the the standards this town requires," Siciliano said. "This had nothing to do with religion. I explained to them that their use was granted by court order, however, their occupancy will be granted by our standards, the same standards we required from a pizzeria, floral shop or even Sea View Square Mall."
The town settled a lawsuit brought by the Yeshiva last year after the Ocean Township Zoning Board of Adjustment's denied its application to create the Talmudic Academy. The two sides reached a settlement but one of the stipulations was that site work needed to be completed by May 31.
"Since they failed to comply with the court order to have the site work completed by May 31, 2017, I had no choice other than to deny their request for occupancy until all the work is completed as per site plan and as per our standards," Siciliano said. "Again, they were instructed to maintain the property as per our ordinance or summons will be issued. I also informed them that maintenance of the property is required and if not maintained to our standards summons will be issued immediately."
Siciliano said he does not expect the property to be occupied for "at least another year."