Zoning board rejects mosque proposal in Bayonne

Bayonne's zoning board has voted against a proposed mosque in town. 



The board voted down the proposal after a meeting Thursday night that lasted more than five hours. 



An old warehouse at 24th Street and Avenue F would have been the site of Bayonne's first mosque and community center.



The community has been divided over the use of the building in a residential neighborhood, with some concerned about increased traffic and noise.



According to its website, the nonprofit group Bayonne Muslims had been renting the basement of a Catholic school building in Bayonne for the past six years. The group had raised $1 million for the new space.



News 12 reached out to Bayonne Muslims for a comment but did not hear back from them by airtime. There is no word if the group plans to look for another location.



However, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today decried the decision, calling it "bias-motivated."


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