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State Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of West Bloomfield Mosque Opponents

The sale of Eagle Elementary School to the Islamic Cultural Association will not involve the Michigan Supreme Court.

The Michigan Supreme Court will not get involved in the sale of Farmington Eagle Elementary School to the Islamic Cultural Association, a deal which has attracted critics from around the neighborhood.

The brief order dated on Friday from Lansing means that the appeals court ruling which said that plantiffs Eugene Greenstein and Melvyn Sternfeld had no standing to sue Farmington Public Schools will stand.

The former school building on 14 Mile Road west of Middlebelt Road in West Bloomfield was sold in November 2011 to the ICA, which is based in Franklin, for $1.1 million. That money waits in escrow pending the final outcome of the lawsuit.

Some residents nearby claimed that the deal was corrupt and the public was not well-served. Meanwhile, supporters of the sale have said that the Muslims are being unfairly targeted.

In September, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court's ruling that dismissed the lawsuit. Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rae Lee Chabot initially declined to hear the case on its merits, after determining that Greenstein and Sternfeld did not demonstrate that they would be harmed by the sale of the closed building. 

The group is working to build a community center, including an area to pray, classrooms, and a gymnasium.

Patch local editor Joni Hubred-Golden contributed to this report.

sylvia February 04, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Let's be honest about this. The so-called "community center" will be a mosque which will function as a venue for Islamic hatred. Remember the holy book of Islam considers all non-Muslims to be "infidels." There may be moderate Muslims, but there is no moderate Islam.
Dani G February 04, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I wish I lived in a more accepting area. I'm saddened to read the above comment. Please, Sylvia, tell us more about your experience reading the Koran.
Joanne Sloan Cohen February 04, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Thank you for your insight Dani, you are correct. They have every right to have a Mosque wherever they choose. Many years ago the Jews were told they "were not wanted" in many areas. The guise of saying FPS is corrupt, when the truth of the prejudice comes roaring through, is transparent. At the exit of Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor is an Islamic community Center including a Mosque. It is on the North Campus of UofM. I wonder how many Jews have told their kids they cannot attend UofM because of the teaching of the Koran, and the fact there is an Islamic Center in the middle of campus. I am sure Sylvia is a scholar on the book as you so intelligently point out. The bigotry among these challengers is obvious to the community. How soon they forget what the teachings of the Holocaust taught. NEVER AGAIN. The real issue Sylvia is saying is "not in my backyard." We get that. Tragically, we get that.
Ann Arbor resident February 10, 2013 at 09:32 PM
I realize you are being open-minded, Joanne Cohen. But to correct your comments, North Campus is on the very, far northern edge of the UofM campus. It is not in the "middle of campus." It is about 3 miles outside of main campus and on a college campus, that is far away. Just to set the record straight. Please don't mock Sylvia's knowledge without asking where she got this info and making sure that your own comments are accurate. Believe me, as an Ann Arborite, a former UofM student, a 35 year resident and a former UofM employee with 3 family members still working at the U - you are incorrect. Lastly, your comparison of UofM in Ann Arbor is not compatible. You're comparing a college town with a reputation for being for open minded and liberal to suburban West Bloomfield. People have a right to their opinions. Since Michigan has a history of problems with terrorism, it is understandable that some people are uncomfortable with this proposal. In Ann Arbor, Muslim cleric Rabih Haddad was deported for reported terrorism activity. Look up his story on-line. Everyone has a right to their opinion whether it agrees with yours. Oh, by the way, I am a former Eagle Elementary school attendee and local Farmington Hills resident. My issue with the mosque is really only with the height variation. If you've been in the area, it just doesn't fit into the landscape of a small area (14 Mile and Middlebelt) which is on the border of Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield.
Dina February 12, 2013 at 05:43 PM
My son goes to UofM. He lives on North campus right off Plymouth road across from the Islamic Center. What difference does it make what part of campus it is on? It makes no difference to us, there are never issues. There are more issues with fraternities, and sororities with alcohol, loud parties etc. Joanne did not compare communities. It does not matter if the center is in W. Bloomfield or Ann Arbor, liberal or not, it is the United States and they have very right to be wherever they choose. I only wish the Greek life on campus was as calm and respectful as the Islamic Center. I am pleased however, that your only objection Ann Arbor Resident to the ICA occupying the Eagle site is the proposed height of the structure. Very pleased.

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