St. Cloud panel approves scaled-back mosque planST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud's planning commission has approved a scaled-back plan for a mosque development.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud's planning commission has approved a scaled-back plan for a mosque development.
The Islamic Center of St. Cloud wants to build a mosque, school and community space at a site zoned for duplexes and single-family homes. Responding to neighborhood concerns about the impact on traffic and parking, the planning commission voted 5-2 Tuesday to recommend a two-phase development.
The mosque and school would be built in the first phase, and the center would have to come back for approval for a second phase that would include a third building for a community center and gym and expansion of the mosque and school. In the first phase, the mosque could accommodate 450 people, and occupancy would increase to 600 in the second phase.
The commission's recommendation will go to the City Council, which will likely hold a public hearing sometime in October, the St. Cloud Times reported.
Initially the Islamic Center also wanted to include office space, a restaurant and retail space, but agreed to remove them.
Islamic Center president Abdulrashid Salad said the center also will continue to use its current location. It also rents other locations during Ramadan to accommodate the larger number of worshippers.