Judge Dismisses Ohio Christian Group's Lawsuit Over Zoning

The Tree of Life Christian School wanted to move into a building in downtown Upper Arlington. A zoning regulation prohibits schools but allows some church uses. The judge said the group had to request a rezoning first


A federal judge sided with the city last week in a discrimination lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defense Fund—now called Alliance Defending Freedom—on behalf of Tree of Life Christian School.

Tree of Life wanted to consolidate three campuses accommodating 660 students at the former America Online/Time Warner building at 5000 Arlington Centre Blvd. It now offers preschool through 5th-at 2141 Indianola Ave. in Columbus and 2900 Martin Road in Dublin, and 6th through 12th grade at 935 Northridge Road, Columbus.