New mosque proposed for Milton neighbourhood
Land for place of worship on Bronte Street
Bambang SadewoMilton Canadian ChampionMonday, December 13, 2021
A new mosque proposed for Bronte Street by Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada will be more than just a place of prayer.
Milton resident Maqbool Sheikh, director of advocate and public relations with the organization, said that a mosque plays a vital role in the community.
“All of our mosques across Canada, not unlike the planned project in Milton, increase our determination to spread peace and mutual affection with people from all walks of life. And to eliminate all forms of hatred, bigotry and division from society,” he said.
“We see this as a place where we can bring people together.”
Earlier this year, the Town of Milton released its “places of worship” survey, with more than half of group leaders of varying faiths surveyed saying that they don’t have a location for a place of worship and about 70 per cent looking for a site to establish one.
If this proposal is approved, Sheikh said that the mosque can become a landmark that beautifies the town, with the greater purpose of spreading love and kindness.
The lands for the new mosque are located on the west side of Bronte Street South adjacent to the roundabout at the intersection of Etheridge Avenue. The 1456 Bronte St. site currently houses a single detached dwelling that is occasionally used as a gathering space and place of worship, according to a staff report.
In addition to a prayer hall, the new facility will also feature a multi-purpose community hall and a library — among other uses.
Mikaela Sword, a planner with WSP Canada, gave further overview of the project on behalf of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at to council members last month.
“The proposed building is one-storey in height with a basement level and comprises of approximately 1,513 square meters of gross floor area. According to the zoning bylaw, 69 parking spaces are required and a total of 70 parking spaces are proposed including one barrier-free parking space and five small vehicle parking spaces,” she said.
She added the building was scaled and designed to fit the size of the site.
“It is our opinion that the development provides an adequate amount of parking on site for the size and type of institutional uses that are proposed,” she said.
Responding to a question by Coun. Colin Best on the prayer hall’s capacity, Magnus Clarke of Paradigm Architecture, the building’s designer, said the prayer hall can accommodate about 120 people.
With a new public secondary school under construction to the north of the site, Best suggested staff work with the school board to look at reciprocal parking agreements when there are special events going on at the hall and vice versa.
“It could work in both directions,” he said.
The applicant is seeking a zoning amendment from future development zone to a site specific minor institutional zone. Once the consultation and review process has been completed, staff will bring forward a technical report with recommendations to council.
Sheikh said the organization is making sure that it’s compliant.
“We are very confident that that process will happen at the right time and continue to progress,” he said.
Given Milton’s rich and proud history of inclusivity, he said: ”It’s really our prayer that our neighbours will join us in building upon that distinguished past and our diversity continues to thrive as a hallmark of our town’s future.”
STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Upon learning of a mosque being proposed in town, we wanted to learn more about the plans and what it will mean for Milton.
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