Construction of the new Green Road Synagogue can begin after the Beachwood planning and zoning commission approved a final site plan April 27 with a 5-0 vote.
“We’ve grown and have multiple services each week,” Rabbi Binyamin Blau said. “We’re just trying to recognize the needs of our congregation.”
He said the new building will have more room for youth programs, adult learning and Torah study.
The original synagogue was built by survivors of the Holocaust close to 50 years ago, said Blau, which created a “great fidelity” to build memory in the new structure.
During the planning and zoning commission meeting, Marco Ciccarelli, the architect representing the synagogue, said the estimated construction start date is mid-July and the estimated completion date is late August 2018. The building is expected to be 38,000 square feet. The current building is 27,000 square feet spread out over three floors. The new building will be on a single floor and will be ADA accessible.
“I’m excited about really being able to have youth of our community to have their needs met and options to engage in learning for adults,” Blau said.
After the new building is completed in the area now used as a parking lot, plans call for the current building to be demolished, with a new parking lot to be developed in that space.