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The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge says it should be held to the same standards as any other religious group looking to build a house of worship in town. But a memo from Bernards Township officials says that way of thinking is "misguided."

The Islamic Society hopes to build a 4,250-square-foot mosque in place of a 1950s-style ranch currently situated on a 4.3-acre property at 124 Church St.

As part of its plan, the society proposes building 50 parking spaces for the mosque, which its lawyer says is the adequate amount under the town ordinance specifying off-street parking requirements for churches.


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