St. Cloud Islamic Center withdraws mosque proposal

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The Islamic Center of St. Cloud has withdrawn its application for a mosque development.

Mosque supporters pulled the proposal Monday night before the St. Cloud City Council could take a final vote.

The meeting drew about 500 people. Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1gmS8AE ) reports council member comments made it clear there was not support for the zoning change that would allow the project.

After the meeting, Islamic Center of St. Cloud President Abdulrashid Salad said he realized during the hearing that revising the proposal could increase its chances of passage.

The project would have included a mosque, classrooms for students and a gymnasium.

Council member Dave Masters represents the area where the proposed mosque would be located. Masters says the traffic and parking studies for the project were not detailed enough.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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