Plans for building a new mosque in the Town of Colonie have been on the table for five years.

But finally the town planning board made a decision to approve the 50,000 square foot facility.

The Masjid Al-Hidaya Mosque is set to be built off Route 2 in Latham. The worship center will house the mosque, and eventually a nursery or school, and retail stores.

Developers and builders have been tweaking their plans according to public input for years. Planning board officials said they took the time to get the plan right.

Mosque board of trustee member, Abdulkadir Elmi said, “It’s a great accomplishment really, for Muslims in this area to have a place of worship that’s decent and that can accommodate our functions and services for the next 50 years or so. Where our kids can be proud of, where they can invite other kids and reciprocate the faith with our Christian and Jewish, and other faiths.”

Still some residents said they don’t feel their voices were heard and are concerned the Mosque is being built too close to their backyards.

Construction is set to begin as early as May.


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