Lakewood Township’s Planning Board tonight approved a new building for Beis Shaindel on Lewin Avenue.
The board granted Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval to construct a two-story school building with a finished basement on one lot for Beis Shaindel, and another two-story building for an elementary school and a 12,000 sq foot multipurpose hall on the other lot across the road. A footprint of about 61,000 sq foot is proposed for the school building. A footprint of about 33,000 sq foot is proposed for the school/multipurpose hall building.
The Bais Shaindel school building is proposed to hold up to 1,200 students.
Proposed access to the tracts will be provided by the improvement of Lewin Avenue. No curb and sidewalk exist along the Lewin Avenue frontage but are proposed along the portion that is indicated to be improved. The board conditioned the approval on the applicant also installing an internal walkway around the perimeter of the parking area to provide safer pedestrian accomodations.
Off-street parking areas are proposed for each lot, with a total of 360 parking spaces. A bus loading/unloading area has been proposed for the school building.
Other site improvements are proposed for the project which includes utilities, drainage, landscaping, and lighting.
The existing trailer being used by Stars non-public preschool / supplemental service program will be relocated further on its site to make way for the new buildings.
The applicant agreed to several conditions imposed by the board, including to provide a cross access easement between the 2 lots, that there will be no rentable catering hall in the Beis Shaindel building, and to install “No Through Traffic” on Lewin Avenue in front of the Excel Business Park to discourage students and parents from cutting through the adjacent privately owned industrial business parking lot.
The applicant presented to the board that they will request from the county to install a traffic signal on Prospect and Lewin, and if the county agrees to install the light, the applicant will pay their fair share for the light.