After minor delays, Brookfield mosque sees groundbreaking
Islamic Society of Milwaukee mosque approved by Common Council in 2012
After being held up by architectural and bidding delays, construction of a new mosque in Brookfield is in progress.
Changes and delays
Groundbreaking on the Islamic Society's 13,000-square-foot mosque and community center on Pheasant Drive east of Calhoun Road was expected to start last summer, but Ottoman Atta, executive director of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, said changes to the building's location on the lot, structure and aesthetics slowed advancement.
"We moved the location from the corner to the center of the lot to allow better access for parking and reduce long walks," Atta said. "The original plan has not changed, but changes have to be planned and communicated to the city."
Support and criticism
The Common Council approved a conditional use permit for the mosque in May 2012. Atta said although some critics were vocal in their disapproval, the mosque had extensive support from individuals and religious groups, including Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee and the Brookfield-Elm Grove Interfaith Network.
During the meeting, the Journal Sentinel reported a Hartland man thanked the Islamic community for proposing the mosque, saying, "It helped the Christians get out of the churches and take back America."
"Some of the remarks were unfortunate, but the Muslim population has been in Brookfield for a while," Atta said. "Those people represent a minuscule population of Brookfield. We have a lot of support and are looking forward to completion."
Atta isn't sure when the mosque will be completed, but that it won't be much different from other religious buildings.
"There will be educational programs, Sunday School, daily prayer — all things you would find at a typical religious place," he said.
The mosque will be the first in Waukesha County.
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