Chabad Lubavitch of Greenwich submits new plans, seeks to reconfigure facilities and relocate playing field

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GREENWICH – Chabad Lubavitch of Greenwich is looking to expand its indoor learning space and make its facilities in central Greenwich more “efficient”.

As part of an application recently submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission, the nonprofit religious and educational organization would add a kindergarten classroom to the second floor. Students are currently instructed on the first floor and lower level. A storage space would be placed on the third floor, below the application. The two upper floors are currently used as residential space.

The operation at 75 Mason St. is licensed to house 40 preschoolers.

In addition to the new second-floor learning space, Chabad is looking to move a play area that is now very close to Mason Street to the rear of the building at 6 Lincoln Ave., which was described in the application as an improvement of security. . No extension of the facilities is envisaged.

The proposal would also merge the two Chabad preschool properties at 75 Mason and 6 Lincoln and create a one-way entrance and exit.

“The setup will result in a more efficient pickup and drop-off process than currently exists,” noted Thomas Heagney, the attorney representing the project.

Site plan approval is required for the expansion of indoor learning space, new playground and circulation reconfiguration.

The planning commission allowed Chabad to set up a large tent at its facilities this year.

Chabad’s plans to develop a new school on Lake Avenue with middle grades did not move forward after a number of legal complications and neighborhood opposition.

An earlier proposal by Chabad, which had been looking to upgrade its facilities for years, was to expand its operations into the Greenwich Armory on Lower Mason Street, but that concept did not materialize in 2019.

The application has not yet been scheduled for review by the planning commission.

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