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Plans for Edmond mosque expansion delayed

An application to expand the mosque in Edmond was submitted to the city by the Islamic Society of Edmond. A vote by the planning commission scheduled this week was continued indefinitely because of possible changes in the design plans.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: July 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm •  Published: July 22, 2012

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.”

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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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