Another Islamic Center Controversy in Vienna

In the Viennese district of Neustadt, a project to build a 500 square meter Islamic center,
including a large building with prayer spaces, a supermarket and a kebab restaurant, has given
worry to the owners of six neighboring garden plots. However, the vice-mayor of Vienna,
Wolfgang Trofer, has stated that he cannot comprehend the complaints, and quite to the contrary
has been supportive of the move by the Turkish association Havas to move to the outskirts of the
city from their current location. Trofer continued by saying that the move will be a relief for the
neighborhood of its present location, where the building was “bursting at the seams.”