Libby Solomon of the Towson Times reports:
A court order to raze a Towson outreach center for Jewish students was placed on hold Thursday when a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge granted a request to defer demolition pending an appeal.
The decision by Judge Kathleen Cox puts a pause on an order that would have required Chabad, a Hasidic Jewish organization, to set aside money to start the demolition process. That order had been scheduled to take effect Thursday.
The decision is the latest legal step in a years-long battle between Chabad of Towson, which serves as a center for Jewish students attending Towson University and Goucher College, and its neighbors.
Last year Cox determined that a 4,000-square-foot addition that serves as the Chabad center should be removed for violating setback and zoning rules.
Rabbi Menachem Rivkin and his wife Sheina, who live in the house and run the Towson Chabad program, are asking the Court of Special Appeals to review part of that order — specifically Cox’s ruling that the operators can’t simply pick up and move the center back from the road to comply with a setback rule.
The Rivkins’ attorney, Brian Boyle, argued that the ruling against moving the center was a “close legal call” and that the higher court should have the opportunity to consider it.
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