Appeals court gives go-ahead to construction of controversial Carmel mosque

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Rendering of the proposed mosque at 14120 Shelborne Rd.

The Indiana Court of Appeals says a Muslim congregation can build the first mosque in the Carmel..

The court on Tuesday ruled against five people who had sued to stop the construction of the Islamic center in the Indianapolis suburb more than a year after city officials approved the project.

The Indianapolis Star reports the ruling reversed a lower court decision and upheld an argument by the Carmel Board of Zoning Appeals that the plaintiffs failed to file all the necessary paperwork in time to proceed with a lawsuit. A Hamilton Superior Court decision would have granted the opponents extra time to file the required documents.

Google street view image of the site of the proposed mosque

The Board of Zoning Appeals voted 3-2 in February 2018 to approve the Al Salam Foundation’s proposal to construct the mosque on a 5.05 acre site near 141st Street and Shelborne Road.

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