2009, members of the Hare Krishna religious movement have pursued a
proposed temple at the intersection of Baldwin Road and Troy Road in
New Jersey: PARSIPPANY:
The proposed Hare
Krishna temple near Smith Field Park will again go before the
Parsippany-Troy Hills zoning board Wednesday night, zoning board
secretary Harriet Jacobs said.
Since 2009, the
Montville-based International Society of Krishna Consciousness of New
proposed building its temple at Baldwin and Troy Roads in Parsippany,
but neighbors’ concerns and zoning issues have repeatedly delayed the project.
In 2010, ISKCON of N.J. reduced the size of the proposed project due to neighbors’ concerns regarding the volume of worshipers, the Star-Ledger reported at the time.
President Robert Iracane has said the society
made "numerous concessions" since its initial proposal including the addition of
foliage buffers to shield the site from residents. A use variance is all
that is standing in the way of the application, he said.
past 30 years, ISKCON of New Jersey members have made do with
a nearly century-old Towaco mansion as their temple, but the
maintenance and upkeep of the mansion has prompted temple leaders to
pursue a new temple designed to meet their needs, Madan Gopal das, an
initiate temple priest, told us in October. "Das" and "dasi" are the respective titles for male and female
priests in ISKCON.
Parsippany is a prime location for the new temple because about 40
percent of the congregation is based in the township, Madan Gopal das
Eighty-five percent of the congregation is Indian or of Indian
descent, but many Indians who come to the temple do so more to reconnect with
their culture than strict belief in the tenets of ISKCON, he
ISKCON's attorney Robert Garofalo, who is seeking a use variance for the site,
has said neighbors near the property have provided the most vocal opposition to the project.
Garofalo and Iracane had not yet returned calls placed Wednesday.