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Mt. Washington neighbors oppose Islamic cemetery

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Mt. Washington, Kentucky (WDRB) -- A proposed Islamic cemetery is causing some concern in Mt. Washington.  

"I don't see a reason for a cemetery here," says Ron Boss.

Boss lives right next to 10.5 acres of land for sale on Hubbard Lane in Mt. Washington.

He says, "I wouldn't mind anybody wanting to buy it, but I just don't want a cemetery here."

He says it is the wrong place for a cemetery. 

"If they just put 'em in the ground, they are going to contaminate the water."

Boss isn't alone. Some of his neighbors agree with him.

"Everybody is objecting to the cemetery because, to start with, the road is not big enough," says Boss. 

Neighbors say the road is too narrow and the cemetery would bring traffic and other problems to the area.

"We've got people that have lived here for years now, and the only thing it's going to do is decrease the property value."

The cemetery would specifically serve as the final resting place for Muslims in Kentucky and Indiana, but neighbors insists that's not the issue.

Boss says, "Religion to me doesn't enter into it. Race doesn't enter into it. I just don't want a cemetery here."

Shahid Qamar of the Louisville Islamic Center says, "The good thing is that it's not our call. It's not the neighborhood call. It's the board and zoning call. They have to decide."

Qamar says he reached out to Boss and other neighbors with no luck.  "We were trying to explain to them the whole process and the procedure so that they know what will be the future of this place, but he refused to talk."

Meanwhile, while he wouldn't talk to Qamar, Boss did ask a question through us.

"Why do you want to come right in the middle of a residential area and build a cemetery?" says Boss.

Thursday night there's a meeting scheduled at the courthouse in Shepherdsville.  That's when both sides will get to talk, and neighbors will get to voice their concerns.

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