Detroit zoning board rejects proposal to turn church's golf course into cemetery


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DETROIT — The Detroit zoning board has blocked a park association from turning a west side megachurch's unmaintained golf course into a cemetery.

The Detroit News reports ( ) the board voted unanimously Tuesday to uphold an earlier decision about the 117-acre Rogell Golf Course. The Detroit Memorial Park Association had appealed the first ruling.

The appeals board heard testimony for more than six hours on the land request.

The park association made a deal with Greater Grace Temple in 2013 to purchase the site if it had zoning approval.

A lawyer for the group says it plans to appeal Tuesday's decision. He says the board's determination that the golf course land is intended for recreational use and couldn't be used for a cemetery is wrong because it is now vacant.

Information from: The Detroit News,

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