10/10/2021 10:20:38 AM
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The Madison Planning Board unanimously approved long-reviewed plans for a new mosque to be built on land formerly owned by Drew University on Madison Avenue.
The vote this week followed months of hearings about the project, which drew opposition from several residents of the neighborhood near the property on a busy thoroughfare that runs through the middle of several towns along the Old Route 124 corridor.
Attorney Robert Simon represented several of the residents opposing the plan.
"There's a whole host of concerns we've articulated throughout the course of the hearings on this matter, including but not limited to parking, lighting and landscaping," Simon said. "And the impact on local roads for sure."
The final site plan application calls for the construction of a 14,300-square-foot mosque just west of the Drew campus. The 41-foot-tall mosque would include two stories, a dome and a basement. Another feature of the proposal — a 75-foot-tall minaret — also was the focus of some resident opposition.