NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Attorneys are set to make final arguments after a trial pitting a Jewish group against a historic district commission that rejected plans for a synagogue in Litchfield.
Arguments are scheduled Monday in federal court in New Haven in a lawsuit by Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County against the Litchfield Historic District Commission. A no-jury trial was held before Judge Janet Hall late last month.
Chabad Lubavitch sued after the commission rejected its synagogue plans in 2007. Hall dismissed the lawsuit, but a federal appeals court later reinstated it.
The commission ruled that Chabad Lubavitch’s proposed addition to an 1870s Victorian house to create a synagogue and rabbi residence near the town green was too large and out of character for the historic district.
Chabad Lubavitch accuses the commission of discrimination.