Proposed Jehovah's Witnesses house of worship draws fire

WEST BABYLON - A plan to build a Jehovah's Witnesses kingdom hall in West Babylon has met fierce opposition from local residents.

The proposed house of worship would be a 3,900 square-foot building on Forest Avenue that could hold nearly 200 members. The property would also include about 50 parking spaces.

"There's no positives for us living here to have any public assembly building built in a residential neighborhood," says resident Joe Mezzacappa.

Earlier this month, residents voiced their concerns about the project at a public hearing. Now, the fate of the kingdom hall is in the hands of the town planning board.

"There's no concern they won't approve it because we sought the land with the proper zoning," says Jehovah's Witnesses minister Robert Hendriks.

Hendriks adds that he understands where the residents are coming from and says they're still making changes to the project to mitigate their quality of life and traffic concerns.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Suffolk Police say a Wantagh man inappropriately touched 1 Police: Camp counselor arrested for sexually abusing minors
According to people at the scene, a man 2 Police respond to robbery at Shirley 7-Eleven
Augusto Cortez was arrested at John F. Kennedy 3 Former priest pleads not guilty to sexually abusing Hampton Bays child
Jericho High School was ranked the highest on 4 U.S. News and World Report names 7 LI schools best in the nation
Friends and family are coming to grips with 5 Wake to be held for firefighter from LI killed in line of duty

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE