“After Long Legal Battle, Hindu Temple in Bridgewater Wins Expansion Approval”

The Star-Ledger 
May 3, 2009

David Giambusso


After a five-year battle with the Bridgewater zoning board, the Sri Venkateswara Hindu Temple has won approval for a major expansion of its facility, despite resistance from the township and neighboring residents.

In 2004, temple officials approached the township seeking approval for a large-scale expansion of their cultural center on Route 202, as well as additional housing for priests, and a parking garage.

Neighbors of the 20.5 acre site complained the expansion would encroach on their property and cause increased traffic. Bridgewater denied the expansion three times—in January 2005, December 2005, and May 2006—prompting the temple to file state and federal lawsuits against the township.

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