Conn. Town to Pay $2M For New Mosque

Common Council members in Norwalk, Conn., will consider Tuesday evening a nearly $2 million plan to find Al Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk a location other than Fillow Street to build its proposed mosque and multipurpose hall.

Under the terms of the new settlement agreement, as released by the city’s law department late Tuesday afternoon, the city would purchase Al Madany’s property at 127 Fillow St. for $585,000 — deemed the fair-market value — and pay Al Madany $925,000 in settlement of the center’s claims for damages in the litigation.

Meanwhile, The Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency, the city’s insurance carrier would Al Madany pay $307,500 for out-of-pocket costs incurred by Al Madany, according to Corporation Counsel Mario F. Coppola.

The Common Council is scheduled to consider the agreement at its meeting this evening. The meeting is scheduled to begin at Norwalk Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Per the agreement, the city would “work in good faith with Al Madany for no less than two years” to find an acceptable alternative property.

The city’s director of economic development, Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, director of planning and zoning, corporation counsel and mayor would assist in that effort.

“If and when Al Madany identifies an acceptable alternative property,” the City will reimburse Al Madany up to $215,000 for the reasonable out-of-pocket development costs incurred by Al Madany.

Those costs may include legal, engineering and architectural fees, and costs associated with landscaping services and traffic calming measures, but shall not include any costs of interior design relating to the exercise of Al Madany’s religious faith, according to Coppola.


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