Meetings set for this week to discuss synagogue development on Orchard Street

Two critical meetings are set for this week regarding the plans for a new Greenwich Reform Synagogue.

The project recently got a big boost when the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) changed a previous vote and granted a special exception to the proposal to build on Orchard Street on Cos Cob. This was done as a part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit the synagogue had filed against the town claiming the earlier ZBA vote denying the special exception was discriminatory. However that settlement did not make the project official and there will be two meetings held this upcoming week.

The Inlands Wetlands & Watercourse Agency (IWWA) will meet tomorrow, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room and the proposal, which was revised as part of the settlement, will be on the agenda. Then on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the Planning and Zoning Commission will meet, also at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room.

Both supporters and opponents of the project are expected to turn out in force as Orchard Street residents and neighbors on surrounding streets are urging people to come out and speak against the project. There have been objections that claim the development will cause too much traffic in the area and that the construction will damage neighbor homes. Synagogue officials and project architects claim their plans will address those concerns and that the project should go forward to give the synagogue a permanent home after years of having to use other facilities throughout town.

Additionally, the settlement of the suit itself is set to go before Judge Janet Hall, Chief United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut, for dismissal tomorrow, Nov. 24th in New Haven at 2 p.m.

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