After months of debate the Islamic Center of Naperville is moving forward. At the most recent meeting the Naperville City Council unanimously approved the center’s request to annex more than 14 acres of land near 95th and 248th streets. The group will now have access to city services like water and sewage.
A four-bedroom house currently stands on the land, but one day the Islamic Center hopes to build a mosque on the site. That plan upset many of the local neighbors, who spoke against the proposal to incorporate.
“A lot of the concerns that the residents brought up were lighting, parking, traffic,” said Jeremy Stentman, a Naperville resident. “Obviously those will be dealt with with a conditional use permit process as they come forward. But what the residents were looking for, if possible, is to have those conditions inserted now at annexation.”
Council decided the future use plans for the land did not need to affect the current request for annexation.
“I am not in favor of encumbering this property any more so than the code already requires because they will follow the process just like anyone else,” said Councilman Grant Wehrli.
While the Islamic Center made it clear that a mosque is a part of their plan, they also stated that it will be another five to 20 years before that building is built.
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