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Naperville City Council to Vote on ICN Mosque, School

After a marathon of Planning and building commission Meeting with public hearings and testimony from more than 500 speakers, a decision on the proposed location of the 248.

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Construction of the 121,000-square-foot facility, when approved, will include a mosque, school, multi-purpose hall and gym.

The discussion of the project was controversial for almost 10 months, with people voicing concerns about the location, traffic and noise at public gatherings.

Ultimately, the Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission approved the project last month with 6: 1 votes.

But Naperville City Council will have the final say on whether construction can continue.

The planning commission’s approval was not unconditional. This includes a preliminary left-turn lane on 248th Avenue, restriction of 457 people in the service room through phase four to ensure sufficient on-site parking, administrative review and approval of the parking plan prior to construction of phases two through four, a limitation on construction work beyond phase two until after a planned upgrade to 248th Avenue is completed, a fire department security clearance for each phase, a ban on external speaker systems or amplifiers on the property, and other various traffic, safety, and city clearance rules.

Next Steps

Officials estimate construction on 248th Avenue will begin in 2024.

the Naperville Islamic Center requires city support as the project would require conditional use permit and derogation before the city can move forward with the facility’s expansion.

Megann Horstead reported from Naperville News 17.

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