Cos Cob Synagogue Plan Returns To Greenwich Board

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The Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to again deliberate a controversial lot-line revision proposal from Greenwich Reform Synagogue on Tuesday evening.
The Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to again deliberate a controversial lot-line revision proposal from Greenwich Reform Synagogue on Tuesday evening. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski, File

GREENWICH, Conn. – A proposal for a synagogue that drew opposition from more than 100 Cos Cob residents at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in November will be back on the table Tuesday evening.

Greenwich Reform Synagogue will again bring a proposal for a lot-line revision application after its representatives agreed to allow the commission to delay its vote.

The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be held in the Town Hall Meeting Room at 7 p.m.

Greenwich Reform Synagogue is looking to purchase 96 Orchard Road from Lou Caravella and plans to build 20,000-square-foot facility.

The synagogue sold its Stanwich Road property last year, and its congregants have been meeting at the First Congregational Church.

Cos Cob residents came to the Nov. 27 meeting prepared to fight the measure after hiring an attorney, Mario F. Coppola of Berchem, Moses and Devlin. Coppola did so with enough success to delay the vote for nearly two months.

The group, calling itself Cos Cob Residents Fighting For Residential Rights, says the synagogue would cause traffic problems.

If the commission were to approve the proposal, the synagogue would still have to go through several more steps before any construction would begin.

The synagogue's lot does not conform to Greenwich zoning laws but is allowed to stay the shape it is because the lines were drawn under previous laws. If the lines were to change, it would negate that exception, Coppola said.

But Thomas Heagney, a representative for Greenwich Reform Synagogue, told the commission that the subdivision of lot lines was a straightforward matter.

The latest the vote can be delayed with Greenwich Reform Synagogue's permission is Jan. 31, but the board is expected to vote Tuesday.

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