Concerns over Muslim community center in Vestal

By Erika Mahoney

Concerns over Muslim community center in Vestal

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 11:30 PM EDT

Town of Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As a new building makes its way into the town of Vestal, one resident is expressing concerns for his rural neighborhood.

On Tuesday, the Vestal Planning Board approved the construction of a Muslim community and worship center.

Ed Zyskowski, who lives near the land allocated for the center, says his concerns have nothing to do with the center or who or what will occupy it, but rather the logistics of the construction and the structure.

"If that was a CVS, if that was a McDonald's going up there, the issues would be the same, the questions would be the same, and the concerns would be the same," Zyskowski said. "Storm water run off, sanitary sewer concerns and traffic."

Zyskowski says storm water runoff and sanitary sewer issues have already troubled his neighborhood with the recent addition of new construction.

He also says traffic congestion is already a problem, and it's compounded because there are a number of families with small children.

On Wednesday, Zyskowski asked Town Supervisor John Schaffer to make sure precautions are taken as construction gets underway later this year.

Shaffer says he will make sure his engineer and code officials follow up with those concerns.

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