Hundreds of people stood outside city hall last night in the freezing cold, prior to the zoning board meeting, to express their feelings about a new mosque / Muslim Community Center possibly being built in Bayonne. The protest had a great deal of support both for and against the construction of the new building.
The plan is to convert an old warehouse at the end of 24th Street off Avenue F into the center. Waheed Akbar, secretary of the Bayonne Muslims non-profit group, explained his plans for the new center and why they felt it was important to expand. Jose Santos, the architect for the project, and Paul Anderson, the site engineer, also proposed plans for the new site.
The meeting became very heated, and resulted in over three and a half hours of deliberation. Eventually Board Chairman Mark Urban adjourned the meeting with plans to reconvene at 6pm on March 14