Thursday, March 07, 2019
Islamic Center Gaining Ground In Golden Ghetto Despite Neighborhood Objections
Sign of the time and increased diversity in this local suburb. Checkit:
KSHB: Islamic Center seeking approval to expand in south Overland Park
"John Peterson represents the Islamic Center of Kansas, the organization that currently owns the land that backs up to Blue Valley Middle School and nearby neighborhoods. “We help people navigate the requirements a particular jurisdiction has and what a particular piece of ground can be used for," John Petersen, an attorney and shareholder at Polsinelli, said.The Islamic Center wants to build a campus that would house a mosque, community center, school and daycare. “The master plan of the city, which is sort of the structure within which we do the work of development, has anticipated this type of use at this site for over a decade," Petersen said.In 2007, a plan was approved for Cambridge Church to expand on the property. The church was unable to raise the funds to begin construction. The Islamic Center of Kansas became the new owners of the land and are seeking approval for a similar plan. “The use is almost identical," said Peterson."
Developing . . .