Conflict Over Mosque Construction in East Meadow

December 15, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On December 15, 2002 The New York Times reported that "a Muslim congregation's plan to raze two houses it owns here and build a mosque and a school in their place has drawn protests from some residents who worry about increased traffic... For nearly a decade, the Long Island Muslim Society has been holding meetings for about 150 people at the small Cape Cod-style houses side by side at 469 and 477 East Meadow Avenue, a two-lane road with parking on both sides of the street. The current proposal for the mosque is a two-story domed building with about 8,400 square feet of floor space to accommodate 300 worshipers. The school, on the second floor, would have religious classes on Fridays and Saturdays for about 60 children. The plan includes 8 parking spaces but is required by the Town of Hempstead building code to have 87."