Litchfield, CT: Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss Chabad’s Lawsuit

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A federal judge recently struck down a motion to dismiss claims of religious discrimination by the Historic District Commission — among the latest developments in a busy summer of depositions and motions in a legal battle between the borough’s historic preservationists and a local Orthodox Jewish congregation.

The filings push the case closer to what Chabad Lubavitch of Northwest Connecticut requested in its lawsuit: a jury trial that would rule on the commission’s ability to dictate the size and appearance of religious buildings in a borough listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Led by Rabbi Joseph I. Eisenbach, the local Chabad congregation seeks to build a temple and community center on West Street near the Green.

The Historic District Commission voted against granting a “certificate of appropriateness” in December 2007. The commission ruled that the 21,000-square-foot addition proposed was too large and not compatible with the 2,656-square-foot, two-story former home built in 1872 by one of the town’s most prominent early citizens, Julius Deming.

(Source: Rep-Am)




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