GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Not everyone is happy about the new synagogue planned for the Cos Cob section of Greenwich.

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Some have complained about the Greenwich Reform Synagogue’s plans for a large new sanctuary, religious school, and social hall. The initial proposal was for a 20,000-square-foot space.

“I think it is this sort of normal for neighbors to have legitimate concerns when faced with any new projects about traffic impact on the neighborhood and so on,” said Robert Birnbaum, the temple president.

He noted that an architect hasn’t even been hired yet and an application to build has not been presented to the town.

He said any negative comments posted online certainly do not represent the general questioning in Greenwich, which he says is focused on land use and a residential section.

“I think online a lunatic fringe can always get involved. But that’s sort of what happens online. I really think the heart of this is a pretty plain vanilla land use question,” he said.


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