The invasion continues apace. Source: Permit approved for Perkins Street mosque – News – The Daily Reporter – Coldwater, MI
The Coldwater Planning Commission approved a special use permit to construct a mosque for the American Moslem Society at 129 Perkins St., Coldwater, where they now have a cultural and worship center.
Mayor Tom Kramer said the project “is no different than the other 30 churches we have in town. The Muslim population is a very important part of our community.”
Planning Commission Chairman Aloha Miller called the project “a beautiful building that will make the area look nice.”
Before any work can begin, Professional Consulting Company of Detroit must come back with more detailed plans for the two-story, 33,339-square-foot building with a basement.
One of two Muslim organizations in Coldwater, the American Moslem Society owns 2.5 acres in five parcels on Perkins Street. Four are on the north side of the street. A fifth is on the south side and is used for parking.
Rich Najib, from PCC, said the organization would consider moving a house and a building — used as a store — south across Perkins to use as homes for the Imam and other staff.
The current cultural center — originally the 1905 Free Methodist Church and purchased by the group — would remain, “possibly for a library or other purposes,” Najib said.
Before any permits can be issued, PCC must come up with more detailed plans for the storm water on the site, plus meet the other site plan requirements for access and landscaping.
One issue to be determined is how many parking spots will be needed for such a large building.
Coldwater City Planner Dean Walrack said that based on the requirement for other churches, 97 would be necessary on the property since parking is banned on both sides of the street in that area along Perkins.
Najib felt the proposed 81 spaces would be adequate.
“A lot of these people are walking to the mosque,” he said. “A lot of the community live nearby and some car pool.”
More of the Yemeni community has moved outside the first ward and into the second and fourth wards as the local population has grown to nearly 2,000 over the last two years, as families fled the civil war in Yemen.
Najib said the size of the building is based on future growth in the next 20 to 25 years.
The planner said he had also met with the fire chief and police chief to discuss security at the mosque.
The main usage of the mosque will be on Fridays, while other days will see only limited activity.
The building will serve as a cultural school for children on weekends.
The school provision was a concern to neighbors.
Walrack said it will not be a regular school or daycare. Those would require additional special use permits, similar to the one issued to First Baptist Church.
Najib said that once the site plan is approved it would be next summer before detailed plans would be complete to start construction. It would take a year or more to finish “depending on the fund raising.”
There is not yet a cost estimate for the project.
Note the zoning jihad too. From manipulating the parking space numbers to the school that won’t be a regular school and will need more special permits. Don’t buy any of it. The city will never hold the mosque accountable for fear of legal jihad.
This is the beginning of an Islamic enclave.