pittsfield township http://michiganradio.org en Islamic school may sue over zoning change denial http://michiganradio.org/post/islamic-school-may-sue-over-zoning-change-denial <p>An Islamic school may sue a Washtenaw County township over a zoning decision. The <a href="http://www.pittsfieldtwp.org/Board_Of_Trustees.html">Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees</a> last night&nbsp;turned down the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mia-aa.org/faq.php">Michigan Islamic Academy&rsquo;s </a>request for a zoning change that would have allowed the academy to build a new school in the township, just south of Ann Arbor.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:48:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 4713 at http://michiganradio.org Islamic school may sue over zoning change denial Muslim group further from building new school http://michiganradio.org/post/muslim-group-further-building-new-school <p>An Islamic group is no closer to building a new school in <a href="http://www.pittsfieldtwp.org/">Pittsfield Township</a> after a long and controversial meeting last night. The <a href="http://www.mia-aa.org/">Michigan Islamic Academy</a> owns a residential property in the township and wants it rezoned. The township turned the Academy down after hearing from about 50 people on both sides of the issue.</p><p>Stu Collins lives close to the Academy&rsquo;s property. He says he was pleased with the outcome.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I welcome them somewhere else just not at that site. I think most people who were opposed to it can concur with what I&rsquo;ve just said here,&rdquo; Collins said.</p></blockquote><p>Tarek Nahlawi is with the Academy. He says they are going to keep fighting.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We are disappointed,&quot; he said. &quot;I wouldn&#39;t expect this. We came into this with full hope that they would look at things in an objective way - not in a subjective way.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The Academy has said the Justice Department will get involved if the property is not rezoned. The board of trustees for the township still has to vote on the issue.</p><p><em>- Amelia Carpenter - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 04:30:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3624 at http://michiganradio.org Muslim group further from building new school