Edmond City Council rejects mosque addition permit

Members of the Edmond City Council turned down a request for a permit to build an 8,307-square-foot addition next to the Islamic Society of Edmond's mosque. Council members did not agree with plans for parking and the size of the building.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: December 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm •  Published: December 12, 2013

Parking and the size of a fellowship activity building proposed to be built next to the Islamic Society of Edmond's mosque were the reasons city council members gave as they turned down the request for a specific use permit.

The 8,307-square-foot addition would have been built to the west of the 680-square-foot prayer hall at 525 N University Drive. The prayer hall has been at the same location since 1990.

The proposed roof line is 34 feet tall, but the dome on the top of the new structure would extend to 49.5 feet.

The occupancy of the prayer hall is 97 people. Planning Director Bob Schiermeyer said 33 parking spaces were included in the expansion plans.

City code requires one parking space for every three seats. There is no permanent seating in the mosque nor was any proposed for the new building at Wayne Avenue and University Drive, Schiermeyer said.

Parking is congested in that part of town because University of Central Oklahoma students park along the streets.

Mariana Lloyd, broker associate at Keller Williams at Kivlehen House, 10 E Campbell, said she can't get into her drive at times and once hit a car parked illegally as she as backing out of her business property.

“This is a serious problem adding another 8,000 square feet,” Lloyd said.

Lloyd was not alone voicing her complaints against the proposed addition. The council chambers was packed with people who went out on a cold night and drove on icy roads.

Misty Buchanan, 325 E Thatcher, said the addition was too big for their neighborhood.


by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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