Religion: Zoning

For two years Pastor Howard D. McCalmont's First United Presbyterian congregation has fought a court battle to build a church in a cozy residential district in northwestern Detroit. They were opposed, in the courts, by 15 of the area's 236 residents, who cited residential zoning laws in their support. Last week the Michigan state supreme court ruled that the church could not be built. A 6-1 decision agreed with the complainants' claim that the church would "destroy the residential character of their homes, attract large crowds, create parking problems, noises and interfere with their privacy."


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