Santa Clara Mosque Can Build Its Minaret

Thursday, Aug 12, 2010  |  Updated 10:20 AM PDT
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Santa Clara Mosque Can Build Its Minaret

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A mosque in Santa Clara has received approval to build a 64-foot minaret, even though some in the community objected to the project.

A mosque, which has been part of the Scott Blvd neighborhood for years, wants to put up the minaret in part so that people will know the building is religious. 

The proposed minaret is the final piece of the mosque, which is also a school and community center for the Muslim community in Santa Clara.

The mosque had already received planning commission approval when Thomas Scott, who is president of Cambridge Management Company, put a wrench in the construction plan. 

He called the tower an eyesore and claimed it will set a architectural precedent.

Scott's objections were heard Wednesday, but the planning commission voted unanimously to let the tower undergo construction. .

The minaret will not be used as a call to prayer.

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