The Township Council will continue hearing testimony Monday, at 8 p.m., regarding an appeal to a variance granted to the Hatikvah International Academy Charter School.
The variance allows the school to renovate a warehouse into a new school.
In December, the council heard testimony regarding the challenge. At the time, some council members said they are leaning toward asking the Zoning Board of Adjustment to review the variance.
The variance was granted unanimously in July by the Zoning Board of Adjustment and allows the school to renovate a warehouse into a school. The building, 7 Lexington Ave., is located in a planned industrial zone and a variance is needed to open a school in the zone. The warehouse is surrounded by similar warehouses, including Vending Trucks Inc.
On Aug. 20, residents Deborah Cornavaca and Christine Rampolla filed an appeal of the variance, stating, among other reasons, that the variance should not have been granted because “there was a conflict of interest,” and that “the board did not permit a complete record to be made.”
So tell us, should the council uphold the zoning board’s decision; reject it; say there isn’t enough information to make a decision; or send the plan back to the zoning board, telling them that it needs to be looked at again.