- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - The Islamic Society of Edmond has finally won the City Council’s approval to build a fellowship hall next to its mosque.

The council unanimously approved a permit Monday for the organization after it agreed to reduce the size of the proposed addition by more than 7,200 square feet, remove a suggested dome and increase parking, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1He537G ) reported.

“This is a big milestone,” said Bilal Piracha, a member of the Islamic Society’s committee. “We are happy. This is a big achievement.”

Members had sought permission to build the structure in 2013, but the City Council denied a request for a permit citing parking issues and the size of the fellowship hall.

The group’s initial proposal included only 33 parking spaces for the fellowship hall that would be around 8,300 square feet. Its latest plan calls for nearly doubling the amount of parking spaces to 61 and cutting the building’s size down to 1,100 square feet.

Piracha said the new fellowship hall will serve as an Islamic center for the entire community and will include free clinics. He said the organization is ready to get started on the project.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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