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January 05, 1990 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-01-05

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Court Orders Township
To Hear B'nai Moshe


Staff Writer


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ongregation B'nai
Moshe will have an-
other opportunity to
state its case to West Bloom-
field Township
During a hearing Wednes-
day, Oakland County Cir-
cuit Court Judge Hilda Gage
ordered West Bloomfield
trustees to give the con-
gregation a chance to refute
the township's decision to
block a new B'nai Moshe
synagogue on the west side
of Drake Road, south of
Maple Road.
At a special township
meeting Dec. 21 trustees
voted 4-3 to reject the
synagogue's request to build
the facility because it would
interfere with the de-
velopment of a five-acre
parcel south of the B'nai
Moshe site.
Albert Leader, the
synagogue's attorney, told
Judge Gage the synagogue
had worked with Tom Bird,
the township's senior plann-
ing official for the past year.
Bird never objected to the
way the adjacent parcel
would be developed until
Dec. 21 when he suggested
the property would need
The trustees came up with
new concerns about the
future development of the
adjacent parcel and the
synagogue was never given
a chance to respond to them,
Leader said.
Trustees had also objected
to synagogue's plans to build
a parking lot on the south
side of the site because the
noise, lights and exhaust
fumes from the cars impact
the adjacent property.
Robert Roth, the
synagogue's past president,
said in previous discussions
with Bird, he had never
heard that Bird had a prob-
lem with the parking lot.
Judge Gage agreed that
synagogue leaders were not
given an opportunity to an-
swer the township's new
concerns and ordered the
township to meet with B'nai
Moshe at 8 p.m. Jan. 8 at the
township hall.
After the meeting, the
township and synagogue
leaders will again meet in
Judge Gage's courtroom.
She is expected to hear the
case before Jan. 21. Leader
had asked for an early hear-


ing date because the
synagogue's option to pur-
chase the 15-acre parcel ex-
pires Jan. 21.
Michael Glagola, who
owns part of the 15 acres,
said he does not know if the
option will be extended. It
has already been extended
80 days from the original
Nov. 6 expiration date
because B'nai Moshe has not
received approval from the
township to build the
For five years he has been
trying to sell his property to
three different developers
including B'nai Moshe, but
has gotten nowhere because
township trustees rejected
each proposal, Glagola said.
Roth said he doubts the
judge will make a decision
before the option expires,
but hopes he can work with
Glagola and John Parkkilla,
the property's other owner,
to extend the option until
the end of January.
The synagogue has no
plans to look for another
building site, Roth said.
"We are not searching. We
feel confident we can
prevail," he said.
In the meantime, the
synagogue is still com-
pleting plans to sell its
facility at Ten Mile and
Church roads in Oak Park
for $1.6 million to United
Jewish Charities. El

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