Another local landmark about to be taken over, and once again a mosque in a zoning controversy. Not far from a $7M mosque we posted on a few weeks ago. via Bridgewater mosque backers eliminate plan for school; hearing Monday | MyCentralJersey.com | MyCentralJersey.com.
BRIDGEWATER — The backers of a proposed mosque on Mountain Top Road have submitted revised plans for the structure, eliminating an Islamic religious school that their lawyer said had become “a distraction.”
The Chughtai Foundation said the mosque will offer small daily prayer services, larger services on Fridays, a day care center, weekend religious classes and a variety of programs for young people and seniors.
The mosque would be built on the site of The Redwood Inn, a vacant banquet hall and a township landmark that the foundation rented from time to time for services, said the foundation’s attorney, Lloyd Tubman of Flemington.
But the proposal has raised the ire of residents who say they’re concerned about traffic and quality of life along the two-lane road, which is otherwise residential.
“There is no way that this mosque will not negatively affect the property values in this neighborhood,” wrote Stephen and Kathryn Bragg of Bridgewater in a Jan. 20 e-mail to the township. “Why would anyone on the Planning Board approve the destruction of a wonderful neighborhood? Please understand that families live here.”
Million dollar homes according to another article.
Adding another wrinkle, the Bridgewater Township Council has introduced an ordinance to restrict the location of houses of worship to parcels with access to major arteries such as state or county roads.
If passed, that ordinance could complicate Chughtai’s plan.
The mosque is scheduled to come before the township Planning Board at 7 p.m. Monday in a special meeting at Somerset County Vocational & Technical School Performing Arts Auditorium, 14 Vogt Drive.
Has anyone bothered to look into who is behind the mosque? Who funds the Sunni group? Who speaks at their current mosques? They do plan on segregating female worshipers – is that not a concern to Bridgewater residents?
Coincidence or not, Tubman went to law school at the Univ. of Minnesota. Maybe he’d like the mosque in his neighborhood?