Greenwich Reform Synagogue v. Town of Greenwich, Conn.
10/02/2014: S&G client Greenwich Reform Synagogue settles RLUIPA lawsuit against Town of Greenwich, Connecticut
In two separate votes today, the Greenwich Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Selectmen voted to approve a settlement agreement allowing the Greenwich Reform Synagogue to move forward with development of its property as a house of worship, concluding a lawsuit filed on behalf of the Synagogue by S&G and the Greenwich law firm of Heagney, Lennon, Slane LLP on July 7, 2014. “We are pleased that this matter was quickly resolved by negotiation with the Town and the ZBA, especially as this comes on the eve of Yom Kippur. This agreement will remove the obstacles to building a new home for this congregation that has been without a place of worship for years,” said Robert L. Greene, attorney for the Synagogue. “The hard work and cooperation of all parties made this possible.” The Greenwich Zoning Board of Appeals had previously denied a Special Exception on June 11, 2014. This is the second major RLUIPA settlement in Connecticut in recent weeks, after the $2 million Al Madany settlement in Norwalk. read more »