Proposed Development Site Placed Back Onto The Market
Highly Controversial Mega Mosque Development Site Placed Back On The Market
Hearings in a case to allow a College Park Muslim community to move its mosque and school to western Howard County came to an abrupt end earlier this week after it was revealed that the group’s contract for the site had expired in September.
The Dar-us-Salaam congregation had hoped to build a religious center for its 800-family community on the site of the former Catholic school (Woodmont) in Cooksville. Plans for the project showed a mosque, religious school, daycare center and residential facilities for staff on the 65-acre plot of land, which is surrounded by horse farms and rural roads off of Interstate 70.
But since they announced their plans in 2012, Dar-us-Salaam has faced passionate pushback from Howard County residents, who cite traffic, noise and lighting concerns to argue that the center would disrupt the community’s rural feel. They’ve organized a group called Residents for the Responsible Development of Woodmont to fight against what they consider to be an overly intense use of the site.
If Dar-us-Salaam does not sign a new contract and resume the zoning request within six months, the case will be dismissed.
Local residents are hopeful the site could be sold for an agricultural use, such as a horticultural or pre-veterinarian educational center for county’s community college. They think it’s a positive going forward, because the property now is back on the market, and are hoping to have significant community input on its future development.
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Mark’s Rant: Everyone is avoiding the “camels nose under the tent,” which is the political correctness of not wanting anything Islam in our County. The dominant reason why Howard County residents have risen-up in opposition, as was the case in Frederick County, is that no one wants potentially radicalized Muslims in their neighborhoods! Check out the following October 27, 2014 article from nationally renowned Pastor Franklin Graham, which sums up the issue.
The Myth of the Radical Muslim Minority