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Zoning Commission Taking On Greenwich Synagogue Proposal Tonight

Greenwich Reform Synagogue Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, MSW (credit: Facebook)

Greenwich Reform Synagogue Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, MSW (credit: Facebook)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - The plan calling for building a synagogue in a residential area of the Cos Cob section of Greenwich will go before the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday evening.

Neither those for or against the proposal want to speak out, fearing fallout as the commission prepares to vote on whether to allow the construction.

Residents near the site have complained that the structure of approximately 20,000 square feet would be way too big and out of character with their neighborhood.

Officials from the Greenwich Reform Synagogue have said the building design is still on the drawing board.

The Greenwich Time reported that, in October, the synagogue purchased 92 Orchard Street, a lot of less than one acre and wants to split the adjacent property at 96 Orchard Street, with about 38,000 square feet joined to 92 Orchard Street. The balance, about 12,450 square feet, would stay in the hands of current property owner Lou Caravella.