EDMOND — Consideration of plans by the Islamic Society of Edmond to build a 10,500-square-foot mosque expansion across from the University of Central Oklahoma was postponed indefinitely July 17 by Edmond planning commissioners.
City Planner Bob Schiermeyer said church leaders are considering tearing down their present mosque at 525 N University Drive, something that wasn't in the original plans submitted for a specific use permit.
Specific use permits are required by the city for all churches in Edmond.
Islamic Society of Edmond owns two lots at Thatcher Street and University Drive. North American Islamic Trust owns seven lots to the north at Wayne Avenue and University Drive, Oklahoma County Assessor records show.
Notification to surrounding property owners and a sign telling people about the application are displayed on the property where the mosque and fellowship hall expansion is proposed.
Islamic society leaders will have to start over with the application and notification process if they decide to tear down the present mosque and alter the plans for the new building, Schiermeyer said.
“They haven't chosen a course of actions,” Schiermeyer said. “It is in their hands to determine what they want to do.”