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A nearly three-year effort by a Somerset County Muslim group to build a mosque in the historic Liberty Corner neighborhood of this township will continue well into the spring as the township Planning Board continues to hear testimony on the application.

The proposal by the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, which purchased the 4.3-acre property at 124 Church St. in late 2011 for $750,000, is one of two mosques proposed in Somerset County.

The other, a plan by the AlFalah Center to convert the former Redwood Inn in Bridgewater into a house of worship, is being heard by that township's planning board after a federal judge in September ordered a new hearing. The proposal is subject of a federal civil rights lawsuit, filed after Bridgewater in 2011 changed a zoning ordinance affecting the application.


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