Bayonne Zoning Board switches location for Muslim center hearing

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Almost exactly one full year after the Bayonne Zoning Board of Adjustment postponed their vote on a potential Muslim Community Center in the city, the board will finally hear the project again in a new location. Protestors for and against Bayonne Community Center

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The meeting will now be on Monday, January 23 at the Nicholas Oresko School, located at 33 East 24th St., at 6 p.m., according to the city’s official website.

The public hearing was originally set to take place at the Bayonne City Council chambers, 630 Avenue C.

Back on January 19, 2016, after over three hours of expert testimony and public comment, the zoning board postponed their vote on the 23,000 square foot project that could potentially seat 308 people and have 5,000 square feet set aside for a gathering space for worship.

Some residents protested that the project would ruin the quality of life in Bayonne due to traffic and parking issues, while supporters said it was time for the city to embrace religious freedom.

The second hearing was postponed multiple times for various reasons, most recently because the applicant’s did not complete a traffic study in time for a June 27 hearing.