A 4,172-square-foot addition is expected at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, 5001 Wilcox Road, after the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission on Sept. 14 approved it 6-0.

Mayor Don Schonhardt, a member of the commission, said Sept. 18 that city officials met with neighbors from Silverton Farms and the Vinings at Tuttle Crossing to address their concerns.

The application for the building addition was tabled Aug. 10 at the request of the applicant to allow city planners and residents, some of whom opposed the addition, to discuss the issue.

As part of the updated plan, a third driveway to a parking lot at the cultural center was realigned to prevent headlights from shining into some residences, Schonhardt said.

The commission's approval also included a condition that the cultural center receives a variance from the Hilliard Board of Zoning Appeals to reduce the minimum required number of parking spaces, he said.

The application was heard and approved Sept. 21.

The variance reduces the minimum requirement, based on the total square footage of the center, by about 60 spaces, Schonhardt said.

The addition includes the construction of a gymnasium and classrooms and is not expected to significantly increase traffic to the cultural center because new uses would not coincide with worship times, Schonhardt said.

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