Bayonne settles lawsuit with Muslim group
Jan 31, 2018 | 1044 views | 2 2 comments | 255 255 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BAYONNE – The City of Bayonne and Bayonne Muslims have reached a settlement of $400,000 in a lawsuit stemming from the Zoning Board’s denial in March of 2017 of an application to convert on old warehouse on 109 East 24th Street into a community and prayer center, according to Mayor James Davis.

Per the settlement, the Bayonne Zoning Board of Adjustments will vote on the application again at a special meeting, yet to be announced, within 30 days. The public will have a chance to comment on the settlement at the meeting. A public hearing and submission of a revised application are required by state law before the settlement agreement can be ratified.

At ​the ​March meeting, the Zoning Board of Adjustments approved conditional use variances in curb width and buffer zone, but denied the group ​a ​bulk parking variance. Meanwhile, other places of worship in the city have been approved with similar variances.

“This all goes back to the Constitution,” said Davis. “Every group should have a place to pray.”
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MeganMcNally
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February 01, 2018
Why was the text of this article changed without noting a correction? This new statement still requires clarification though: what other places of worship in Bayonne have been approved with similar variances?
MeganMcNally
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February 01, 2018
Which places of worship have been approved for construction without any on-site parking?