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Dr. Fauzi Ramadan of the Moose Jaw Islamic Association explains the location for the place of worship at 73 Lancaster Rd. to city council on Monday.
Moose Jaw will soon be home to a mosque.
At Monday’s council meeting, councillors approved the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan Moose Jaw branch’s request for a discretionary use application for a place of worship at 73 Lancaster Rd. It was as recommended by the municipal planning commission and all expenses will be borne by the applicant.
“We have chosen the site for a few reasons. One of them is it’s near the future new hospital and most of our donators to support this project are physicians who are trying to commute and remain here,” said Dr. Fauzi Ramadan of the Moose Jaw Islamic association.
“They will be interested to support the project if it allows them to go and practice their worship near the place. So that was one of the main reasons and we thought that area is good.”
The site of the proposed place of worship is zoned C3 commercial vehicle-oriented district. Under the city zoning bylaw, a place of worship is listed as a discretionary use in that zoning.
The purpose of C3 is to “provide an area with a wide range of (commercial) uses that serve automobile oriented consumers,” said a report from the business development division.
The report said the zoning bylaw defines a place of worship as a “place used for worship and related religious, philanthropic or social activities and includes accessory rectories, manses, meeting rooms and other buildings. Typical uses include churches, chapels, mosques, temples, synagogues and parish halls.”
The association plans to build a 24-meter by 24-meter building to hold daily prayers with five to 10 people per day and prayers every Friday with between 50 and 75 people.
The association’s request was approved unanimously.
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