- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - Norwalk and an Islamic center have resolved a two-year-old lawsuit over construction of a mosque, with the city paying $2 million and promising to help find an alternate location for the mosque and meeting hall.

The Hour of Norwalk reports (https://bit.ly/1rmSmOT ) that the Common Council unanimously approved the plan Tuesday evening.

Norwalk will pay litigation damages to Al Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk, buy Al Madany’s site and help it find an alternative site.

Al Madany spokesman Farhan Memon called it a good outcome.

Council President Douglas E. Hempstead said council members balanced their fiduciary responsibilities to taxpayers and guarantees of freedom of religion.

Al Madany sued after the Zoning Commission rejected plans for a 27,000-square-foot building. Neighbors said it was too large for the site in a residential neighborhood.


Information from: The Hour, https://www.thehour.com

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