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Amherst synagogue addition gains Planning Board approval

The merged congregation of Temple Beth Tzedek and B'nai Shalom received the Amherst Planning Board's approval Thursday night to move forward with a proposed synagogue addition on North Forest Road, over the objections of some neighbors of the property.

Temple Beth Tzedek is selling its longtime home at 621 Getzville Road to Northtown Automotive and is combining with B'nai Shalom, located at 1641 N. Forest Road. Temple Beth Tzedek plans to use the proceeds of the sale to pay for a new, 10,210-square-foot synagogue, 100-space parking lot, infrastructure and landscaping on about 4 acres at 1641 and 1623 N. Forest.

Temple Beth Tzedek details plans for new Amherst synagogue

The addition would connect to the existing synagogue.

Neighbors who opposed the project said water run-off from the synagogue property is a problem and there aren't enough parking spaces to handle the crowds expected for the high holidays, weddings and other special events.

The Planning Board approved the project site plan, with some conditions attached, and found the project wouldn't harm the environment.

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