Bayonne Zoning Board postpones special meeting on Muslim center

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The Bayonne Zoning Board of Adjustment has cancelled Monday’s special meeting to vote on a Muslim community center that would potentially be located on 109 East 24th St. with no new date scheduled yet. Protestors for and against Bayonne Community Center

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The meeting, which was previously set for 6 p.m. inside the Dorothy E. Harrington Municipal Council Chambers at City Hall (630 Avenue C), was adjourned when the attorney representing the Muslim community center – Bill Finnerty – requested an adjournment due to health reasons.

Prior to the January 19th meeting of the zoning board, dueling protests marched in front of City Hall, pleading their cases for and against the new Muslim community center in a tense setting.

This 23,000 square foot facility would include a “prayer hall, classrooms, offices, a library and a fully equipped fitness and game room,” according the Bayonne Muslims website.

The first Muslim Center was established in 1999, and for over six years, the Muslim community has been renting a basement at St. Henry’s School on 28th and Avenue C for as a place of prayer.

After hearing over three hours of testimony and opinions from residents, which at times ended up being heated, the board decided to postpone their vote until a March 14th special meeting since a lot more testimony was still expected.