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Temple Beth Tzedek details plans for new Amherst synagogue

The merged congregation of Temple Beth Tzedek and B'nai Shalom plans to build a new, 10,210-square-foot synagogue on North Forest Road that will connect to the existing synagogue on the site.

The construction will allow Temple Beth Tzedek to move from its longtime Getzville Road home, which the congregation is selling to Northtown Automotive. The combined congregation has held services at both locations until the sale of the property at 621 Getzville Road goes through.

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Temple Beth Tzedek plans to use the proceeds of the sale to pay for the synagogue expansion at 1623 and 1641 N. Forest Road on about 4 acres. The new sanctuary would accommodate 300 worshipers and hold gathering and office spaces, according to plans filed with the Amherst Planning Department.

The congregation also would put in a 100-space parking lot, infrastructure and landscaping, and would remove two houses now located at 1623 N. Forest. The Planning Board could begin to review the project at its June 15 meeting.

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