WESTBOROUGH – The Boroughs Islamic Society (BIS) is one step closer to calling 6 Bellows Road home.
On May 2, the Planning Board approved a site plan review for the BIS, which is converting a former day care into a mosque.
The society is currently located at 182 Turnpike Road and has 250 worshippers per week. In the past, the BIS said the Turnpike Road site went up for sale, the society purchased the 6 Bellows Road property.
The review includes conditions about plans on how to deal with possible traffic issues along Bellows Road, which is a one-way street that enters East Main Street near Route 9.
As part of those conditions, the BIS will have a special duty police officer handling traffic before and after services; and there will be “no parking” signage along Bellows.
The BIS is removing the playground in the back of the building to install 87 parking spaces. Since it is expecting up to 400 worshipers at weekly services, the BIS is making arrangements with an adjacent office park and the post office for additional parking spaces.
The facility is approximately 6,000 square feet. The building will include prayer halls, a babysitting room, a kitchen and public area.
The site plan review will be subject to final approval by the town’s Engineering Department.