An embattled Islamic Center in Virginia may stay at its current location after facing anti-Muslim backlash over plans to builder a bigger mosque nearby. It could depend on whether nearby residents would rather have homes there instead.
Local reporter Jeff Branscome has the details about the position facing the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg after its leaders solicited neighborhood feedback.
The Muslim congregation would not be getting into the housing business. They would sell the rezoned land to a homebuilder and use about $500,000 of the proceeds to buy a 1-acre parcel next to the existing mosque. The Islamic Center would use that land for parking and possibly to put an addition on its 3,100-square-foot mosque, which was built in 2001.