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January 23, 1981 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-01-23

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Friday, January 23, 1981

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Orthodox Jews to Continue 1-696 Freeway Opposition

(Continued from Page 1)
"In our community,
we are particularly con-
cerned about the effect of
six years of heavy con-
struction, noise levels on
the thousands of elderly
and the many school
children in the immediate
area. The Federation
Apartments and Beth
Yehudah Schools will be
within feet of the pro-
posed freeway."
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appeal the Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS).
Rabbi Freedman said the
Jewish institutions in the
Ten Mile-Greenfield area
will now make an assess-
ment. "Should we continue
the process of objecting?
Should we consider a law-
suit? We have to consider all
the possibilities," he said.
"We have to react to how
the new Reagan Adminis-
tration reacts to this deci-
sion."
Rabbi Freedman said the
freeway extension is the
most expensive single
highway construction proj-
ect ever proposed in the U.S.
He. said the $330 million
cost could double or triple
with inflation. "I think the
Stockman people are going
to look at it. It may be a juicy
place to wield their scalpel."
(Former Michigan Rep.
David Stockman is the new
director of President
Reagan's Office of Man-
agement and Budget and
has promised deep cuts in
federal spending to balance
the U.S. budget.)
"If they did everything
as proposed overnight,"
the rabbi said, "the free-
way might be an im-
provement for the area.
But you have six years of
heavy construction that
could ruin the Jewish
community."
Concentrated in a four
square mile area centered

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Moving west from Woodward Avenue, the pro-
posed 1-696 freeway link-up will follow Ten Mile Road
to Gardner in Oak Park, and then move west and
northwest within a few feet of Cong. Bnai Moshe in
Oak Park to Yeshivath Beth Yehudah in Southfield,
on Lincoln Rd. (10 1/2 Mile). Shown above, looking
northeast from Ten Mile, are, from left, Young Israel
of Greenfield, the Morris Branch of the Jewish Com-
munity Center and the Federation Apartments. The
freeway right-of-way will be just north of these build-
ings.
at Ten Mile and Greenfield tions contained in this
and bounded by Nine Mile, memorandum and the at-
11 Mile, Southfield and tachments" pertaining to
Coolidge are 19 synagogues the Orthodox Jewish
(15 Orthodox), 10 kosher community's concerns
butcher shops, 10 Jewish and to other community
bakeries, two Jewish day concerns.
schools, five afternoon
Those concerns and
schools, a Jewish Center changes would add an esti-
and two post-graduate level mated $30-$40 million to
rabbinical colleges.
the freeway costs for the
The, area also has 15 section between 10 Mile and
major apartment complexes Gardner in Oak Park, and
with more than 3,000 units, Lincoln and Fairfax in
mainly serving elderly Southfield. These "mitiga-
Jews. There are an esti- tions" include 160 units of
mated 7,000 Orthodox Jews replacement housing, in-
in the area.
clusion of a Greenfield
The Jewish organizations Road. interchange, noise
used these statistics to con- abatement, three large
vince the Michigan De- decks covering the freeway
partment of Transportation /for pedestrian access of
and the Federal Highway Jews walking to the
extensive
Administration to sponsor a synagogues,
an om-
study of their concerns. landscaping,
Those concerns and the budsman to work with the
study by Dr. Harry Jewish community and
Perlstadt of the Sociology
Department at Michigan
State University helped to
convince Goldschmidt to
sign the Environmental
Impact Statement with
specific conditions.
Goldschmidt, who is
Jewish and the former
mayor of Portland, Ore.,
stated in signing the EIS
that his decision is "spec-
ifically based on the per-
formance of the condi-

elimination of service
-drives for this stretch of the
freeway.
Rabbi Freedman believes
that even with the changes
included, the six years of
construction will harm the
community.
A number of persons
helped the Orthodox corn-
munity in addressing the
problem. Rabbi Freedman
said that Reps. William
Brodhead, James Blan-
chard, Senator Carl Levi ,-
and State Senator Dot
Ross were especially helpful
in arranging meeting with
federal and state officials.
Attorney Mark Schlussel
represented the Orthodox
Jewish community in the
negotiations with the offi-
cials.

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