Emily DroobyFeb 1, 2018, 7:33 pmFeb 1, 2018, 7:35 pm

Mosque lawsuit settled between Bayonne, muslim group

The $400,000 settlement will allow the mosque to be built

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BAYONNE — A federal lawsuit filed by muslims in Bayonne after a city zoning board rejected the building of a mosque has been settled.

James Davis, the Mayor of Bayonne told FiOS1 News that the zoning board originally rejected the mosque due to zoning issues.

"Some if it was based on parking and part of it was based on how the building was situated and the closeness to other people's properties," Davis said.

The decision brought on the lawsuit in May, but now the city has agreed to a $400K settlement that will allow the center to be built. According to Davis, the settlement money will come from a joint insurance fund that the city belongs to, meaning that taxes will not be raised to pay for the center.

According to the agreement, the city has 30 days to call a public hearing and approve the mosque.

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