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Islamic Society Gets Permission to Build Mosque in Augusta

| November 13, 2013


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Augusta’s first mosque has been unanimously approved by the Augusta Planning Board. The Islamic Society of Greater Augusta, a nonprofit group founded in 2009, won approval from the board on Tuesday to build a 1,230 square-foot mosque, with seating for 70 people and parking for 21 cars. ┬áThe mosque will be located on a dead-end street on the city’s east side. More than 60 people attended the meeting. No one spoke against the measure, which won support from the city’s Roman Catholic, Unitarian and Jewish clerics. Islamic Society treasurer Jeremy Wadleigh says that the active Muslim community in the area includes about 15 families. Most are citizens and longtime residents of the area who have been meeting in homes and other places for prayers.

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