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• What recourse does a church have if a city encourages it to purchase property for the construction of a new facility and then denies the church's application for a building permit and site approval? None, concluded the Ohio Supreme Court in an unfortunate decision. Church representatives initially met with city officials to explain their plans for the construction of a three-stage religious complex (the third stage involved the construction of a chapel). City officials, by letter, encouraged the church to purchase the property. Accordingly, the church sold its former sanctuary, spent nearly $1.5 million to purchase the new property, began conducting services in a local public high school auditorium, and submitted a site plan to the local building commissioner. To the church's surprise, the building commissioner rejected the site plan for the following reasons: (1) increased traffic ...

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  • July 1, 1989