Sammamish mosque to get hearing examiner review

February 2, 2013

By Administrator

New: Feb. 2, 5:33 p.m.

A proposed mosque just north of Pine Lake will get judicial review.

Proponents and opponents of the project will make their case before a hearing examiner at a public meeting at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at City Hall. The hearing examiner is expected to issue a ruling on the project a week or two afterwards, Senior Planner Evan Maxim said in an email.

The Sammamish Muslim Association’s proposed prayer house, located on the 22000 block of Southeast 20th Street, would include a 44-stall parking lot. Opponents of the project, united under the banner of Friends of Southeast 20th Street, appealed the city’s approval of the project, saying the additional traffic could impact the residential character of the neighborhood and disturb neighbors.

The facility, a converted single-family home, would hold morning and evening prayers as early as 5:30 a.m. and as late as 10 p.m., though mosque leaders say only a handful of worshipers attend at those times. The parking lot is needed for more well-attended events like Friday prayers, weddings and community potlucks, they say.

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