Bayonne Zoning Board votes down Muslim community center

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that the proposal failed to pass despite the Zoning Board voting 4-3 in favor of it. Five affirmative votes were needed to pass the measure. 

BAYONNE — An application to establish a Muslim community center at 109 East 24th St. did not garner the requisite number of votes during a special Bayonne Zoning Board meeting Monday night and failed to pass.

The seven-member board voted 4-3 in favor of the proposal, which needed a minimum of five affirmative votes in order to pass.

The board’s vote came at the end of a raucous five-hour public meeting at usaHigh School, which saw dozens of people air their opinions and concerns on the matter. Those who voted against the plan cited traffic and parking issues on the dead-end street the Muslim community center was planned for. Two alternate commissioners who were at the meeting said they would have voted against the proposal.

The meeting, which began at 6 p.m., started with testimony from only one witness — John McDonough, a licensed professional planner — who told the board that the community center would not conflict with regular peak parking hours for the surrounding area.

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