The Lakewood Planning Board approved the construction of two new shuls in Lakewood at Tuesday night’s meeting, though one received significant pushback from residents.
An application to construct the Rachmastrivka Shul at the corner of Oak and Vine was approved after receiving 3 out of 6 board member votes, but with two abstentions and one no-vote, leading to its default approval.
Residents in the area voiced concerns that the shul’s location would exacerbate already high levels of traffic in the area, also noting that the application only provides for 15 parking spots at a shul that is expected to be high-volume.
Several Board members concurred with the residents’ concerns but said the township’s ordinances allow for it.
The Planning Board also voted 3-2 to approve the construction of a second shul to be located at the corner of Arlington Ave. and Pine Street. The applicants said the shul will primarily be used on Shabbos and would not add much to the crushing daily traffic on Pine Street.