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Fremont neighbors object to facility-expansion plans for Sikh temple

By Chris DeBenedetti
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 at 3:13 pm in Uncategorized.

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.”

… meanwhile …

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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  • worble

    Nimby in Niles no way.“I’m against it because an expansion means more people, more congestion and more traffic,” 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. Wow good thing we didn’t build the BALLPARK it would have been 5 times worse than this.

  • charlie C

    #1.Wow good thing we didn’t build that BALLPARK alright, because there would have been thousands of jobs and billions of dollars coming right here to Fremont…but as you know a *vocal minority of job killers* opposed it.

  • west

    The City of Fremont Screwed up on this one. The Sikh Temple should not have been built at that location.
    It is in the middle of a neihberhood that has limited access.
    I drove by there on Sunday and stopped at the light on Mission. I could not believe the congestion, cars backed up forever. I feel sorry for the people that live there and are trying to survive the assault of traffic.They should sue the city for generating a safety hazard.
    It should NOT be allowed to expand.