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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  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.

marylou August 16, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Perhaps not a bad idea,Martin,but i can guarantee you they could proopse to build a mosque in the middle of nowhere and people would still complain.
Martin B. Brilliant August 17, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Maybe that's why they don't have many places to build mosques so they have to build big ones farther apart and then people complain about traffic. It's NIMBY: "I don't want a mosque in my back yard just so other people can have smaller mosques in their back yard."
marylou August 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Martin,you got it,dude!
ELAINE August 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM
PEOPLE GOING TO HOUSES OF WORSHIP LIVE LOCALLY. MAYBE THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY SHOULD LOOK INTO BUILDING MOSQUES CLOSER TO WHERE THEY LIVE. ADDITIONAL 105 PARKING SPACES??????
Martin B. Brilliant August 18, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Elaine, we're with you, but the rest of the country is not. We're among the few people who don't object to having a mosque nearby. The trouble is, Muslims (just like people of other religions) live where other people live. Most of the places where Muslims want to build mosques, the other residents make every effort to prevent them. That's why mosques are few and far between.

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