After initially denying Al-Madany Islamic Center's proposal to build a mosque at 127 Fillow Street — a move which prompted a federal lawsuit and a Justice Department inquiry regarding alleged religious discrimination — the Norwalk Planning & Zoning Commission has reportedly reversed its stance on the project.
According to an Associated Press report, the commission voted 6-1 last week to allow the mosque, subject to the terms of a final settlement of Al-Madany Islamic Center's discrimination lawsuit against the city.
More specifically the commissioners approved the following motion:
"Subject to an agreement on the terms and conditions of the final settlement agreement, we consent to a resolution to allow for zoning approval for the mosque and accessory use building."
The project was the subject of numerous public hearings, during which neighbors testified that the proposed 27,000-square-foot mosque would be too large for the 1.5-acre property. Traffic safety and lack of parking were also cited as concerns.
For more check out the AP report on WTNH.