A Muslim school filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Pittsfield Township officials on claims it violated constitutional rights by denying the school's request to build a new school in the area.

The Pittsfield Township planning commission last year turned down the Michigan Islamic Academy's zoning request to build near the intersection of Golfside and Ellsworth roads.

The school is in Ann Arbor but, according to the lawsuit, needs a bigger facility and purchased land in the neighboring community for a bigger building.

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