[Ed. – Can’t get rid of this administration fast enough. The Obama DOJ would never intervene for a church or synagogue, even though permits would be as likely to be denied for the same land use or building height reasons. And that said, the U.S. DOJ should never interfere in something like this for any reason. Emphasis added.]
The government lawsuit announced today comes after the American Islamic Community Center sued the city in August over the denial. The center wanted to build in Sterling Heights as they said they’ve outgrown their building in Madison Heights, and most of their members currently live in Sterling Heights.
The city said then that the denial was based on “established land use criteria and not emotional feelings tied to religious beliefs either for or against the applicant.” …
According to the Detroit News, a former city planner urged rejection of the project because the spires in the construction plan, which spanned five adjoining parcels, were 27 feet taller than the maximum height allowed by the city and the 65-foot dome would “far exceed the height of other structures” nearby, making the scale and height “not harmonious with existing buildings.”