Despite Parking Concerns, Mosque Approved for Brooklyn Center Site
Masjid Al-Ansar Islamic Community Center got the green light to relocate to a property on France Avenue North in Brooklyn Center. The center was zoned for industrial use and presented parking challenges that puzzled city staff and the planning commission.
The property is located at 4900 France Avenue and includes two buildings that operated as a pet groomer and veterinary clinic. Both buildings cannot be occupied until upgrades are made.
But most of the hesitation on approving the permit revolved around parking. There are only 27 on-site parking spaces. Studies revealed more parking spaces are needed during peak times for Masjid Al-Ansar.
Imam Mohammed Dukuly told city council previously that the mosque wanted to stay in Brooklyn Center. They urged the process to move along, since the holy month of Ramadan is approaching.
The city council seemed satisfied with Masjid Al-Ansar’s plans to upgrade the property and troubleshoot the parking situation. All members voted in favor of the mosque.
“We realize this is a challenged site, but the applicant is very intent,” said Dan Ryan, a council member who voted for the measure. “They feel like it’s a site that will meet their needs. We are sympathetic to their desire to stay in the city.”
Some of the solutions included expanding the lot to 32 spaces, holding separate services that are 30 minutes or more apart, and pushing carpool options with a traffic attendant who would enforce the carpool and direct traffic during busy times.
The mosque would also erect a fence separating the parking lot from the rail line.