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Pittsfield academy denied rezoning request to build Islamic school; final vote expected soon
by Natasha Dado
Recently some residents in Farmington filed a lawsuit against the Farmington School Board for authorizing the sale of Eagle Elementary to the Islamic Cultural Association (ICA). While the ICA was successful in their bid, Pittsfield Township-based Michigan Islamic Academy (MIA) was rejected by their city's planning commission on their rezoning request to build a school in a case has also left many wondering about possible discrimination.
Those opposing the sale of the ICA are accused of bias towards Muslims. During a school board meeting in June several protested the sale and made testimonies regarded as hate messages by many. The lawsuit alleges marketing studies were not exercised during the sale and the board never allowed other potential buyers the opportunity to make offers on the school which was on the verge of being demolished at the time.
On Thursday a vote was held by the Pittsfield Planning Commission to deny a rezoning request from the MIA to build an Islamic school on a piece of property the group purchased. The Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees has the final authority and is expected to vote on the issue at an upcoming meeting according to a news report.
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