Thursday, April 25, 2013
Meanwhile, resolution to memorialize Planning Board's recommendations regarding Millington Quarry due on May 7.
A proposal to build at 4,200-square-foot mosque to serve the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge is on the agenda to be back before the Bernards Township Planning Board for the first time since February. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night in the courtroom at the municipal building at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge. The number of parking spaces that should be required at the proposed location on Church Street in Liberty Corner Village was the topic of the past two meetings, and was expected to continue at this meeting. A traffic expert told the Planning Board in early February that his count of how many vehicles actually were parked during the main Friday service at two other mosques in New Jersey indicates that …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Expert's report counting parked cars during services at other mosques in New Jersey doesn't satisfy Bernards Planning Board.
A traffic expert told the Planning Board on Tuesday that his count of how many vehicles actually were parked during the main Friday service at two other mosques in New Jersey indicates that the proposed mosque in Liberty Corner would need a maximum of 70 spots — not the 110 advised by board professional last month. The board's members did not seem convinced and scheduled the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge's traffic engineer to return on April 25 with further information, additional details on certain points in the report and an additional vehicle count for a mosque in South Brunswick. The applicant's original number of parking spaces was 50 for the proposed 4,200-square-foot mosque at 124 Church St. in the Liberty Corner section of …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Four-hour hearing on application to build mosque in Liberty Corner begins with disagreement over necessary parking.
A four-hour continued hearing on a proposal for a 4,252-square-foot mosque in Liberty Corner Village began Tuesday with the applicant's attorney saying he had learned the board's professionals now are asking that 110 parking spaces be provided for the house of worship if it is built, rather than the 50 spaces in the application. The board's attorney, Jonathan Drill, said that he and David Banisch, planner for the township had concluded that number was appropriate as guided by 2010 International Traffic Engineers standards for mosques, as compared with churches and synagogues. That brought a quick objection from Vincent Bisogno, attorney for the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge. Bisogno said more than doubling the required parking spaces …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Ali Chaudry says traffic engineer set to be heard at Thursday's Planning Board meeting.
The next public hearing on a proposed mosque on Church Street in Liberty Corner, rescheduled to next Thursday, due to the inavailability of the Planning Board's new attorney, may begin with testimony from the traffic engineer discussing the plan for the new house of worship, the applicant says. "We will have a traffic engineer presenting testimony and answering questions," M. Ali Chaudry, president of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, said last week. That organization is seeking to build the 4,200-square-foot mosque in place of a four-bedroom home on four acres at 124 Church Street, across from the Liberty Corner Firehouse. On Wednesday, Planning Board Secretary Frances Florio said another applicant, Syncarpha, is scheduled to be heard…
Friday, September 7, 2012
Bridgewater shoulders additional litigation costs after approving ordinance requiring houses of worship to have entrance on main road.
With depositions continuing concerning the litigation between Bridgewater Township and the Al Falah Center regarding the center's efforts to renovate a former inn as a mosque, the council approved a resolution Thursday to hire more professionals in the township's defense. The township opted to authorize a contract with Dennis Kowal, of Dennis Kowal Architects, for an amount not to exceed $28,000. Township attorney William Savo said the costs will be paid for by the township's insurance company that is already paying for the defense. "The team evaluated the Redwood Inn, but they need an estimator," he said. The litigation process has been continuing for more than a year, since the Al Falah Center filed suit against the township, planning …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Attorneys for both Bernards Planning Board and Islamic Society advise houses of worship are permitted in residential zone.
Members of the public and the Bernards Planning Board tried on Tuesday to pin down Islamic Society President Ali Chaudry on the number of worshippers who ultimately would attend Friday services at a proposed mosque in Liberty Corner, a number that Chaudry repeatedly estimated at 150 even after about a decade of growth. Upon questioning, Chaudry said that if the number grew larger, the proposed mosque at 124 Church St. could conceivably consider adding a second service for the mosque's the Friday afternoon worship, which he said is the most attended service in the week. Chaudry also said that the proposed 4,200-square-foot new building is expected meet the projected needs of the mosque to serve Muslims who live and work within the Somerset …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Somerset County 4-H Fair draws thousands, despite sporadic rain.
The Planning Board last Thursday heard the opening of the formal presentation of plans for a 4,200-square-foot new mosque building at 124 Church Street in the Liberty Corner section. The plan conforms to local zoning for the four-acre lot in a residential zone, but there were questions from the audience, and some board members, about the expected membership at the planned house of worship and hours tht the mosque would be open. Residents also questioned the source funding for the new facility, although the planning board's chairman advised that is not relevant for the hearing before the board. A Federal mediation process was extended for another week between the township-based Verizon communications and representatives for 45,000 union …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Proposed 4,200-square-foot mosque planned for Church Street would be across from Liberty Corner Fire Co.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Bernards Township Planning Board on Tuesday night heard a proposal for a new 4,200 square foot mosque at the far end of Church Street in Liberty Corner, an a four-plus acre property that is near the intersection of the street with Somerville Road. A house of worship, by law, is a permitted use in a residential zone. Moreover, according to Ali Chaudry, a Rutgers professor, longtime Basking Ridge resident and former township mayor, has said the mosque is needed to serve those who live and work in the Somerset Hills area. He also heads the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge. But at this week's Planning Board, residents questioned Chaudry's estimate that the mosque only will attract 150 members within the next 10 years — and board members …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Plans call for new building at 124 Church Street.
Ali Chaudry, president of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, said the first public hearing on a proposed mosque at 124 Church St. in Liberty Corner is due to be held at the Planning Board meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday. On Tuesday evening, Chaudry said he would wait until the Aug. 7 meeting to discuss the details, and any changes or updates, made for plans for a newly constructed mosque to be located not far from the intersection with Somerville Road. Chaudry, also a former township mayor, in January appeared in before neighbors and the Bernards Township Planning Board to informally present plans to convert a four-bedroom home at 124 Church St. in Liberty Corner into an Islamic center to serve the nearby Muslim community. …