New Jersey Planning Board Hears Indian Temple Proposal

January 16, 2004

Source: The Courier-Post

On January 16, 2004 The Courier-Post reported, "The planning board in Evesham heard revised plans Thursday night for a proposed $2.5 million Indian temple, cultural center, hotel and shopping center on 28 acres off Route 73. Board members said they were concerned that the 190 parking spaces would be inadequate since the assembly hall would host religious festivals, weddings and other events. Board members had yet to vote on the new plans at press time. Plans call for three buildings - a 19,400-square-foot cultural center and a Hindu temple; a hotel and conference hall; and a shopping center - on a section of Route 73, between Ardsley Drive and Dutch Road. Timothy Prime, attorney for applicant Dr. Dhiraj Panda of Marlton, said there would be no more than 570 people at the facility at any time. He said applications for church projects are not held to the same scrutiny in terms of their capacity."