RELIGION

Construction halted on mosque with too-tall minarets

  • Construction at a mosque being built with support from the Turkish-American Religious Foundation sits suspended, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New Haven, Conn.  The city halted construction of a mosque in November because two minarets sent from Turkey are 24 feet too tall. City officials say it's up to the mosque owner, the Turkish-American Religious Foundation, to figure out how to make the 81-foot-tall towers smaller. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)

    Construction at a mosque being built with support from the Turkish-American Religious Foundation sits suspended, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New Haven, Conn. The city halted construction of a mosque in November because two minarets sent from Turkey are 24 feet too tall. City officials say it's up to the mosque owner, the Turkish-American Religious Foundation, to figure out how to make the 81-foot-tall towers smaller. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Construction at a mosque being built with support from the Turkish-American Religious Foundation sits suspended, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New Haven, Conn.  The city halted construction of a mosque in November because two minarets sent from Turkey are 24 feet too tall. City officials say it's up to the mosque owner, the Turkish-American Religious Foundation, to figure out how to make the 81-foot-tall towers smaller. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)

    Construction at a mosque being built with support from the Turkish-American Religious Foundation sits suspended, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New Haven, Conn. The city halted construction of a mosque in November because two minarets sent from Turkey are 24 feet too tall. City officials say it's up to the mosque owner, the Turkish-American Religious Foundation, to figure out how to make the 81-foot-tall towers smaller. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)  (The Associated Press)

After exceeding a city height limit, builders of a mosque on New Haven's outskirts are wrestling with how to cut 24 feet from its soaring, crescent-topped minarets.

The city has halted all construction on the building until the mosque figures out what to do about the 81-foot towers sent from Turkey.

The steel and fiberglass minarets came in prefabricated sections and were assembled last year. A building permit was issued for a height of 57 feet.

The mosque is owned by the Turkish-American Religious Foundation.

City spokesman Laurence Grotheer said he is not aware of the city receiving complaints about the mosque. He said it is a matter of compliance with the permit.