Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Hearing Resumes For Litchfield Synagogue

Waterbury Republican-American

More Time For Opponents' Lawyer

LITCHFIELD — A hearing on Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County’s plan to convert a West Street house into a synagogue resumes before the Borough of Litchfield Historic District Commission Thursday [Dec. 13].

The hearing, which began Nov. 15, will convene at 6 p.m. at the Litchfield firehouse.

Chabad is planning to renovate and expand 85 West St., a 135-year-old Victorian, into a 21,000-square-foot building. The hearing was not scheduled to resume until Dec. 20, but the historic district commission scheduled Thursday’s meeting to give a lawyer representing opponents of the project a chance to present information. The opponents believe the project is too large and should be downsized so it would be more in keeping with the historic character of the center of town.

The commission has until Dec. 22 to render a decision on the proposal. A decision is expected to come at the Dec. 20 meeting.

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