BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey city has finally given approval to a Muslim group's bid to build a mosque.
The Bayonne zoning board approved the project Monday night, ending a saga that started last summer when they initially turned down the project.
That vote spurred a federal lawsuit by the Bayonne Muslims, who claimed they were turned down following an onslaught of bigotry. Federal law enforcement officials then announced they were investigating the city's decision.
A settlement announced in January called for Bayonne to pay the group $400,000 and have the project go before the zoning board for another vote.
City officials noted that a lengthy legal battle could have cost Bayonne millions of dollars.
Mosque opponents have cited parking and traffic issues as their main concerns.