CASETree of Life Christian Schools v. City of Upper Arlington

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In January 2011, ADF filed a lawsuit against Upper Arlington, Ohio, when city officials refused to allow Tree of Life Christian Schools to apply for zoning approval after it purchased the former America Online/Time-Warner building. The lawsuit challenges a zoning regulation that prohibits schools within the zone but permits daycare facilities and other similar uses. If approved, the building would allow the school to double in size and to consolidate its inferior and overcrowded campuses holding approximately 660 students in the Columbus area. The school would also provide more than 150 new jobs to the city, as well as tax revenue greater than what has been realized from the vacant site in many years.
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Ohio Christian school continues fight to educate in building after more than six-year legal battle

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Ohio Christian school continues fight to educate in building after more than six-year legal battle

Despite win at 6th Circuit, district court again rules against school, ADF attorneys file appeal

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6th Circuit rules in favor of Christian school zoned out by Ohio city

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6th Circuit rules in favor of Christian school zoned out by Ohio city

City of Upper Arlington’s attempt to discriminate against Tree of Life Schools can proceed to trial

May 19, 2016 Read More

ADF to 6th Circuit: Ohio city’s zoning code should not punish Christian school

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ADF files federal suit against Ohio city for blocking Christian school from using its own building

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Upper Arlington’s problematic zoning code blocks Christian school but would allow daycare facility, other similar uses  

Jan 05, 2011 Read More
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Trial Court
Notice of appeal (2017) Nov 08 2017
Trial Court
District court opinion and order on remand Oct 13 2017
Appellate Court
Sixth Circuit Opinion May 18 2016
Trial Court
Appeal Sep 11 2012
Trial Court
Summary judgment order Aug 16 2012
Trial Court
Complaint Jan 05 2011

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