The Henrico County Planning Commission unanimously approved plans for a new mosque in the Twin Hickory area that’s been the subject of discussion over the past month. The Board gave the green light to the West End Islamic Center to be built on 4.8 acres at the intersection of Twin Hickory and Shady Grove Roads, near Deep Run High School, last night.
The 35,000 square foot facility will include worship space, classrooms, a kitchen and office space, plus an on-site daycare center.
Planners for the center say construction of the mosque is most likely at least three years out, as the congregation works to raise the estimated $3.5 million needed for construction of the two story building.
Twelve residents of the Twin Hickory community spoke on record in opposition of the mosque at last night’s meeting, claiming traffic congestion, bright parking lot lighting and noise from an outdoor “call to worship” sound system were at the top of their lists of concerns.
Residents have also taken issue with all three of these concerns as they pertain to Deep Run High School over the past almost decade.
Planning Commission board member Frank J. Thornton encouraged the West End Islamic Center to keep the lines of communication open with residents of the community as the project progresses, in order to respond to feedback.
“It’s important for you as new neighbors to establish this ambience,” Thornton said.
The full mosque plan can be viewed below.