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Questions Cast Shadow on Glendale Yeshiva

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While the Community Board 5’s (CB 5) Land Use Committee recognizes that it is in good terms with the owners of Glendale’s Yeshiva Godolah Seminary (YGS), the former recommended on Monday that the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) deny yeshiva’s application for a zoning variance.

Yeshiva seeks this variance in order to allow the seminary located at 74-10 88th St. to build an extension to combine the two buildings on the campus into one four-story building. As planned, this project also intends to add dormitories and bathrooms for the 1,050 students who attend the facility.

“I think the community as a whole is extremely uncomfortable with how we got to this point and why we got to this point with a lack of transparency,” said CB 5 member Kathy Masi in a statement.

Committee members mentioned that as building opened in 2006, the yeshiva was allowed to put dormitory space in the building when living quarters are not permitted within the M1-1 zone where the yeshiva is located, prior to even approaching CB 5.

The committee said that the primary concern with this is related to the fact that the YGS seem to have been able to put a dorm which is against the zoning regulations to begin with. Though the community is not sure how it happened, it seems determined not to allow this anymore.

On the other hand, the lawyer who represents the YGS, assured the committee that the yeshiva is operating in compliance with their Certificate of Occupancy (C of O).

“We have a C of O, again this was fully reviewed; this was not a self-certified job in 2006, there is a temporary C of O and a C of O that both reference the dormitories,” the lawyer said.

 “The Department of Buildings has come into the building and inspected the building and seen the dormitories, and they said … no violation warranted, it’s operating based off the C of O.”