Religions and Spirituality

Meeting About Bayonne Muslim Community Center Postponed

The site of the proposed Muslim Community Center on 24th Street. Credits: Joseph Passantino

BAYONNE, NJ – A meeting to complete the hearing about a controversial Muslim Community Center for the city’s east side has been put off for the third time.

A special Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting was scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. But word came today that the meeting had been postponed once again. The office of Mayor James Davis confirmed the change.

The Bayonne Muslim Community is seeking to build a center for recreation and prayer at 109 E. 24th St. But some neighborhood residents are opposed to it.

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A hearing about the proposal was originally held on Jan. 19 and was adjourned because two more project experts still had to testify.

Subsequent meetings in March and May were both cancelled; the latter to allow the applicant’s traffic engineer time to perform additional studies.

On June 9, Waheed Akbar, secretary of the Bayonne Muslim Community, said the studies were nearly completed.

Opponents of the center were handing out flyers regarding the proposal over the weekend.

No new date has been set for the cancelled meeting’s rescheduling, a city official said.

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