Thursday, August 16, 2012
The approval is contingent upon satisfying several conditions.
The Islamic Society of Monmouth County received approval from the Middletown Planning Board Wednesday to expand their parking lot and community center on its Red Hill Road property. The Board unanimously approved the decision contingent upon satisfying site improvements, which includes adding a six-foot stockade fence between the mosque’s property and the Middletown neighbor’s property, consulting a township landscaper for buffer and fence placement, and making sure there is sufficient signage to prohibit parking in the pedestrian walk areas. In addition, the Planning Board and applicant will seek county approvals to add landscaping in the right-of-way zone to create a buffer between the center and a Holmdel neighbor on Red Hill Road. The …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The proposal to expand parking and construct a community center by The Islamic Society of Monmouth County will be revisited by the Middletown Planning Board in August after additional design revisions are submitted.
The Middletown Township Planning Board made no decision Wednesday night on a proposal to expand parking and construct a community center by The Islamic Society of Monmouth County. The board requested additional design revisions and rescheduled the public hearing and board vote for August 1. The Islamic Society has made several revisions to the 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. More than 75 people attended the meeting Wednesday, many dressed in Islamic traditional garb. The observers sat through the hour-and-a-half public testimony portion where neighbors of the …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Town Hall
The Middletown Township Planning Board will hear continued testimony tonight about the plans for an expansion of the Islamic Society of Monmouth County at 502 Red Hill Road in Middletown, on the Holmdel border. Read Patch's coverage of the June meeting. A decision is due by Friday, July 13. Also, at the 6:30 p.m. meeting, an applicant with plans to demolish buildings at 1000 Route 35 and 1004 Route 35, merge the properties and construct a 15,559 square foot office building will be seeking major site plan approval. The site is located at Penelope Lane, just before the Municipal Building, and is currently the site of In Touch Massage Therapy and law offices. The agenda can be acccessed on the township website.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
A proposal to expand parking and construct a community center by The Islamic Society of Monmouth County will be revisited by the Middletown Planning Board in July after revisions are submitted.
The Middletown Township Planning Board will revisit a proposal to expand parking and construct a community center by The Islamic Society of Monmouth County in July after revisions are submitted. The matter was rescheduled for Wednesday, July 11, at which time members of the public who wish to comment on the Society's plans for more parking and a community center will be heard. More than 100 people attended the meeting Wednesday, which verged on the edge of boisterous when a few members of the public attempted to make comments about Muslims which the board attorney deemed unrelated to the applicant's testimony. Planning Board Vice Chairman Carl Rathjen showed no patience for the opinionated speakers, telling them to "stand down" to a few …
The Middletown Township Planning Board will continue the public hearing on the expansion of the Islamic Society of Monmouth County in July.
After hours of testimony and questions, the Middletown Township Planning Board agreed to continue the public hearing on the expansion of the Islamic Society of Monmouth County on Wednesday, July 11. The Islamic Society went before the board for approvals to expand its parking lot by 105 spaces, build a two-story community building, and construct an outdoor plaza for picnics and gatherings on a neighboring property it purchased. Mohammad Mosaad, vice president of the Islamic Society of Monmouth County, was represented by Attorney Patrick Healy. Together, along with site engineer Scharif Aly, the three men answered numerous questions from the Board and members of the public in the packed meeting room. Before adjournment, the Planning Board …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Middletown Administrator Anthony Mercantante says residential zoning for houses of worship is status quo.
Based on insufficient public notice, the public hearing for the proposed expansion of the Islamic Society of Monmouth County’s facility on Red Hill Road has been carried to June 6. Middletown Planning Board Attorney James Gorman told the applicant’s attorney, Allen Falk, that the notice provided by the Society to neighbors was insufficient, Planning/Zoning Secretary Debra Yuro said. The Islamic Society's attorney of record is Patrick Healy. Falk represented the firm at Wednesday's meeting. The application calls for the Islamic Society to expand its parking lot, adding 106 stalls, and build a 19,961-square-foot plaza with a two-story community center on neighboring property it purchased, at 502 Red Hill Road. There are also plans for …