Islamic group plans its own presentation on potential Brookfield mosque
It's one of three public-oriented meetings on proposal
The group that wants to establish a mosque in Brookfield is having an information session Monday night in an attempt to share information about plans for the building and even about Islam as a faith culture.
Put on by the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, the event begins at 7 p.m. at Common Ground, Gethsemane Lutheran Church.
"The goal of the discussion is to increase familiarity with Muslim neighbors in Brookfield and their beliefs and practices," explained Mushir Hassan, a Brookfield resident and one of the leaders of the effort.
"We hope to address some common misconceptions and misinformation about Islam, Muslims, and the project itself. It is important to promote dialogue and understanding between faith communities."
The proposed place of worship would be located on the 16000 block of Pheasant Drive in the city of Brookfield. The city has scheduled two public meetings to hear the logistics of the project's construction and implementation.
An initial public information meeting, facilitated by city staff, will be held at 5 p.m. May 2 at the Public Safety building courtroom, 2100 N. Calhoun Road. The meeting will be conducted in an open house format with ISM's plans on display. City staff and ISM representatives will be available to answer questions, collect written comments (a comment form will be available) and address technical data and reports.
This meeting will not have any formal presentation nor will any action be taken by the city.
A required public hearing on the mosque plans, beginning with a presentation, is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 7 in the Common Council Chambers, 2000 N. Calhoun Road. After hearing the public comments, the Plan Commission will discuss the matter and vote on a recommendation to the Common Council .
If recommended for approval by the commission, Common Council members would get a chance to discuss it at their meeting May 15.
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