Sunday, November 03, 2013

Jackson neighbors take aim at plan to build all-girls Orthodox Jewish high school 

Citing concerns over traffic and water pollution, a group of Jackson residents have banded together to fight the construction of an all-girls Orthodox Jewish high school in their neighborhood.

The Asbury Park Press reports that a coalition of neighbors have formed the Jackson Citizens Defense Fund and hired a lawyer to fight the plan.

Barbara Orsini, a lead opponent of the plan who lives behind the property on Cross Street where the proposed school will be built, told the newspaper that the fund has raised $3,500 so far.

The group hired Red Bank attorney Ron Gasiorowski to represent them at the next zoning board meeting, according to the Asbury Park Press.

The township's zoning board postponed a vote earlier this month on the variance needed to build the school in the residential zone, saying a traffic-impact study was needed.

In addition to traffic concerns, opponents say the school will overwhelm the well and septic system the residential neighborhood uses.

The board plans to take up the case for the Oros Bais Yaakov High School, which will have the capacity for 400 students, at its Nov. 20 meeting, according to the board agenda.


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