Land has been cleared at 999 Vermont Avenue, (200 feet north of Chestnut Street) to make way for a new campus for Yeshiva Ohr Olam.
On March 16, Lakewood Township’s Planning Board granted Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval for the new yeshiva campus which will consist of 3 buildings; a 2-story building with a finished basement for the yeshiva, a 2-story dormitory building, and a 2-unit residential building with a finished basement for faculty housing.
The site plan indicates the two-story yeshiva building will have an approximately 30,000 sq foot footprint. The proposed dormitory would have an almost 15,000 sq foot footprint, with 26 rooms and 5 beds in each room. The proposed 2-unit residential building would have an about 2,400 sq foot footprint.
The project will improve Fulton Avenue between Vermont Avenue and Lambert Avenue, and end the road with a bulb. A driveway off Fulton Avenue will serve bus loading.
Off-street parking is proposed to be constructed on almost all sides of the main school building consisting of 38 spaces, including 2 ADA spots which will be van accessible. 4 perpendicular off-street parking spaces from Vermont Avenue are proposed for the faculty housing.
Curb exists in good condition along Vermont Avenue, but sidewalk does not. Sidewalk is proposed with the development along the project frontages and throughout the site.
Site improvements will also include utilities, drainage, landscaping, and lighting.
The board conditioned the approval on the applicant providing a meandering walkway from the project’s end of Fulton out to Caldwell Avenue which is currently being improved by another yeshiva. This will improve pedestrian access to Caldwell Avenue.
The board also conditioned the approval on the applicant not renting any portion of the building for private events.
Site plan design layout for the new yeshiva campus.