Plans to build the Islamic Cultural Center, a mosque/community center at the site of the former Eagle Elementary School in West Bloomfield, will next come before township government for a public hearing Oct. 2.
Township Planner Sara Roediger said Monday that homeowners near the school at 14 Mile and Middlebelt roads have been notified of the meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to grant a number of variances to the site plan, after the Planning Commission tabled the plan at its Aug. 15 meeting.
Township attorneys had requested the ZBA to interpret the township zoning ordinance with regard to several issues raised at the Aug. 15 meeting — including the height of the minaret and dome atop the mosque portion of the building, the size of the setback from the street, and the fencing separating the property from neighbors.
On Friday, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court's ruling that dismissed a lawsuit seeking to overturn Farmington Public Schools' sale of Eagle Elementary School to the Islamic Cultural Association (ICA).
The public hearing begins at 5:30 p.m. in West Bloomfield Town Hall.