The room was packed with advocates for Bnos Bais Yaakov. Over 100 people came out on Monday night, March 4, to lend their support to BBY’s application to Community Board 14. The issue at hand was the removal of a mapped street which existed only on paper—on an obsolete map from the 1950s. This “paper street” is interfering with BBY’s ability to begin construction on their new high-school building. Rabbi Shmuel Hiller, BBY’s dean and visionary, presented a compelling argument to the planning board members which, coupled with valuable assistance from Mr. Zachary Bernstein, (a lawyer from the firm of Fried, Frank), resulted in a unanimous decision in BBY’s favor. With the board’s decision, the first hurdle has been successfully cleared and plans for Tichon Meir Moshe’s new building are now under way.
Rabbi Hiller projects that construction of the three-story building will begin in the spring of 2015. The burgeoning student population of Tichon Meir Moshe necessitates this move and Rabbi Hiller is grateful to be able to accommodate the growing needs of the high school. Kudos are due to Mrs. Leah Posen, BBY’s comptroller, who has spent over two years on this project. Rabbi Hiller makes special note of the value of the large turnout at the hearing. It was both an emotionally validating and politically effective exhibition of support. v