The Arlington County Planning Commission has recommended that the county board approve a request by the Libyan government to operate a private school in a church.
Planning commission executive secretary James Snyder said the commission voted 5-to-2 at a meeting Monday to recommend approval of the permit. The recommendation now goes to the county board, which is to consider the issue Oct. 8 for a final decision.
Snyder said the school would be run by the Islamic Call Society and would have a maximum of 275 students, mostly children of Libyan dipomatic personnel. About 100 children now attend a small Islamic school on Massachusetts Avenue NW in the District.
The commission's recommendation included several conditions, among them a ban on activities from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the requirement that the use permit would expire if the property were granted diplomatic immunity status.
The Calvary Church of the Nazerene at 5900 Wilson Blvd. approved the sale of the church to the Libyan government in August for what is believed to be nearly $1.5 million.
The sale has been a source of controversy in the neighborhood.
Richard Shadyac, attorney for the Libyan government, said the sale is contingent upon approval of the use permit by the county board.