Charter School Seeks South Avenue Site
The application is on the agenda for tonight's meeting, 7 p.m. in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave. Friends of Central Jersey Arts Charter School is applying to convert two buildings on a lot at 1225 South Avenue and also to use a nearby lot for 71 parking spaces. The buildings would be converted to classrooms, performance areas and a gymnasium serving 405 students in grades K-8. Sixty-three staff members would use the parking lot. The properties are in a Neighborhood Commercial zone and schools are not a permitted use, nor is parking a permitted principal use.
According to information on file in the Planning Division, the building and the lot are on either side of a KFC restaurant.
To learn more about Central Jersey Arts Charter School, click here.
Charter schools are public schools funded by taxes. The funding comes through the school district, but the charter schools report directly to the state Department of Education. For the 2009-10 school year, $11,418,060 was budgeted for charter schools in Plainfield.
Plaintalker will be posting more later on charter schools. This post is basically a heads-up for those who might want to follow this application. Please be aware there are several other applications on the agenda and this one may be carried to a future meeting date. The board is also slated to discuss "inherently beneficial uses" legislation. State law considers schools to be inherently beneficial uses, but in Plainfield, school use is prohibited in any zone, according to Planning Division notes on the application.