Sikh temple leaders are proposing to expand their Niles district facilities, although some neighbors oppose the plans because they are fed up with recurring traffic and parking problems during prayer services and holidays.
The proposal calls for the size of the Gurdwara Sahib Fremont — known as the Fremont Gurdwara — to grow from 28,074 square feet to 41,740, an increase of nearly 50 percent. The existing kitchen, dining hall and other buildings would be demolished and rebuilt. The project also would construct new facilities that house Sunday school classrooms, an administrative office and priests’ quarters. The parking lot — which has 335 spaces — will be redesigned but remain about the same size.
Kam Johal, an India-born woman who moved to Fremont in 1988, is one of several concerned neighbors. Johal said cars driven by worshipers on Sundays and special days clog the surrounding neighborhood, where motorists sometimes park illegally, blocking driveways and stop signs.
“I’m against it because an expansion means more people, more congestion and more traffic,” said Johal, who was raised a Sikh and occasionally worships at the temple. “The temple has grown too much and it needs to stay just as it is, or they need to consider building a temple in a new location.”
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Amritpal Sra, the gurdwara’s project manager, said temple officials have no plans to move and already have done much to address neighborhood complaints.
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