Anti-Hasidism or Preservation?

Chabad Lubavitch of Connecticut has filed suit against the Historic District Commission for denying its application to develop a property there into a center. The Commission said it would consider a revised plan, but Chabad says it's anti-Hasidism.

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September 22, 2009, 11:00 AM PDT

By Alek Miller


"The plaintiffs [Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield, CT] claim in the suit... that the actions of the defendants [the Historic District Commission] in blocking Chabad's plans represent violations of the Jewish group's civil rights, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) and Connecticut statutes."

"The commission's motion for denial stated that the proposal would overwhelm the town's central historic district. A written statement from Mr. Stedronsky said the plan would have 'dwarfed the house, altered the streetscape and been incompatible with standards of the historic district.'"

Thursday, September 10, 2009 in Litchfield County Times

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