A Muslim group seeking to build a mosque on San Antonio Road has revised its plans for the proposed building in South Palo Alto.
The new mosque would be located at 998 San Antonio Road, across the street from the recently built Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. The building, an old church, has been used as a mosque by the organization Anjuman-E-Jamali for the past six years.
The group plans to demolish the existing building and build a new 11,436-square-foot mosque with a prayer hall, a minaret, two residential units and a social hall.
The proposed rebuilding of the mosque was initially announced in September 2008, and reported by the Palo Alto Weekly.
The city's Architectural Review Board approved the project last year, but will revisit it Thursday morning. The board is scheduled to review several modifications, including removal of an underground parking garage and reduced height in the social hall.
Under the new design, the new building would still provide 44 parking spaces. With the garage eliminated, 12 of these spots would be transferred through a parking agreement to a neighboring property at 1000 San Antonio Road, an office building owned by Indian Muslim Charities.
According to the project architect, Abha Nehru of the Palo Alto firm Carrasco & Associates, the new changes also include an increase in height of the base flood elevation and addition of stone cladding on the prayer hall.
"We believe these changes are net positives and maintain the integrity of the previously approved design," Nehru wrote in the application.
Palo Alto's planning staff has reviewed the changes and concluded that they are consistent with the city's Comprehensive Plan and the function of the building. The Architectural Review Board is scheduled to review the changes at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Council Chambers in City Hall.