Islamic Society of Edmond will revise activity center application

The Islamic Society of Edmond will revise plans for an activity center next to the mosque at 525 N University Drive. Additional property will be included in the project, to make room for 14 more parking spaces.
by Diana Baldwin Published: May 30, 2013
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— An application for a special use permit to build an activity center next to the mosque at 525 N University Drive was continued indefinitely this week by the city council.

Randel Shadid, attorney for the Islamic Society of Edmond, said they plan to amend the application to take care of the lack of parking spaces.

The applicant owns property south of the mosque and plans to tear down an old garage and add 14 more parking spaces, Shadid said.

The original plan was to use 14 parking spaces on nearby property owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but the agreement was later rescinded.

Islamic Society leaders continue to work with the neighboring church to use some of the parking spaces there, Shadid said.

“Our own parking is a better solution,” Shadid said. “It makes those parking spaces not as important.”

The amended application will include a new property legal description that will require additional notices to surrounding property owners, Shadid said.

The request then will go back before planning commissioners and on to the city council.

The society's plans to build the center were approved by the planning commission on May 7 despite a variety of objections, one of which was a lack of parking.

The proposed activity center is a two-story, 34-foot-tall building with a 14-foot dome to be built near the southwest corner of Wayne Avenue and University Drive, next to the mosque that has been in the city since 1990.

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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