Islamic Society Center Expansion Hearing Goes Before Planning Board Tonight
The Planning Board will hear the application for the center's construction plans tonight.
The proposed expansion of the Islamic Society of Monmouth County’s facility on Red Hill Road in Middletown, at the Holmdel border, will be heard once again tonight at special planning board meeting.
The Middletown Township Planning Board will meet tonight, August 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Meeting Room of Town Hall.
Discussions about the proposed expansion have been presented to the board since June and the decision date has continued to be pushed back but according to tonight’s agenda, the decision date is scheduled for tonight.
The Islamic Society has made several revisions to their initial proposal, including plans to reduce the parking spaces facing Red Hill Road from 21 to 14 spaces; the painting of pedestrian crossing and signs in the mosque’s parking lot; and adding curbs to parking lots.
The Islamic Society is seeking additional parking spaces for its members who come to Friday noon prayer services. Presently there is parking for 142 cars, which is insufficient for the members, who are parking on the lawn. The proposal is to expand the parking by an additional 105 spots, for a total of 247 spaces, and add a brick-paver plaza surrounded by a split rail fence for picnicking use.