Greenwich sued over denial of synagogue

Website for Greenwich Reform Synagogue.
Website for Greenwich Reform Synagogue.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A synagogue has filed a federal lawsuit alleging Greenwich violated its civil rights and made a discriminatory decision by denying its plan to build a house of worship.

Greenwich Reform Synagogue on Monday sued the wealthy town and its Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals, accusing officials of discrimination on the basis of religion. The board voted 2-2 in June with one abstention to deny the congregation’s application to build a $6 million, 12,000-square-foot synagogue.

The lawsuit accuses the town of unequal treatment compared to other places of worship in the same area and within residential zoning districts. The synagogue says it made many changes, including reducing the size of the building, to address neighbors’ and town concerns.

Telephone messages left for a town attorney were not immediately returned.

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