Municipal hearing scheduled for overcrowding summonses at 91 Hendrickson Avenue

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The boys school on Van Zile Road has been ruled by Judge Craig Wellerson to remain closed to allow safety issues to be addressed. (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

BRICK TOWNSHIP — A municipal court judge ruled Monday that summonses issued for overcrowding in spaces being used as dormitories in the Van Zile community indicate a potential threat to public safety and health and set a Dec. 13 hearing to consider a potential trial date.

“The overcrowding is cause of concern,” Judge Joseph Grisanti told attorneys for Brick Township and Congregation Kehilos Yisroel. Fines of $2,000 a day for summonses were issued for violations at 91 Hendrickson Ave.

The judge also ruled that evidence regarding those summonses will be shared with the congregation’s attorney, Adam Pfeffer, prior to the Dec. 13 hearing. Mr. Pfeffer had filed a discovery motion for the evidence.

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Township Attorney Kevin Starkey has said that 91 Hendrickson is the subject of community complaints of overcrowding in violation of township zoning occupancy laws. Evidence of other properties operating dormitories has been reported to Code Enforcement officers concerning locations at 91 Hendrickson Ave., 23 Hendrickson Ave. and 226 Van Zile Road, as well as two properties on Pello Drive, officials have said.

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