The non-jury trial over the mosque on Veals Road opened on Wednesday. Plaintiffs stated that Rutherford County government failed to provide adequate public notice before the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission met on May 24, 2010 to approve the mosque. At that meeting it was revealed that the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro would build a 52,000 square foot mosque and community center. Construction began on September of 2011.
The county government claims they did give adequate public notice in the Murfreesboro Post, a local newspaper. At the time of the public notice, the Post was a paper that was printed only once weekly. Now, the Murfreesboro Post is printed twice weekly. Nothing was decided on Wednesday and the case will now continue.
In the meantime, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is nearly finished with phase one of the construction process and will soon begin phase two. The Islamic Center is in the midst of a fundraising effort to raise enough money to cover the costs of all construction of the mosque. So far, they have raised $1.7-million.