An Islamic academy in Ann Arbor has reached a $1.7 million tentative settlement with Pittsfield Township for denying it the right to build a school on its property, according to the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The Muslim Community Association sued the township in 2012, claiming it violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act when township officials refused to allow the Michigan Islamic Academy to build a school on vacant township property it owned.

The act protects individuals, houses of worship and other religious institutions from discrimination in zoning and landmarking laws.

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