A Far West End congregation is planning a big expansion. The West End Islamic Center, currently meeting inside a 1,344-square-foot renovated house at 5000 Shady Grove Road near Deep Run High School and the Twin Hickory development, is planning a large new mosque, an expansion the group is calling the Masjid Plan.
The proposed mosque will be constructed on a 3.39 acre parcel of land the Islamic Society of Greater Richmond acquired in 2009 for $800,000 through owner financing. Soon after making a 25% downpayment on the land, the property nearly went into foreclosure after a number of influential members deserted the congregation over irreconcilable differences in the way in which the building project was being handled, according to the group’s website.
Through a series of fundraising campaigns and gifts, plus approximately $45,000 in payments from Henrico County for the dedication of right-of-way for the widening of Shady Grove Road in correlation with the nearby North Gayton Road Extension Project, the group was able to scrape together the funds necessary to bring the status of payments on the land back into good standing.
The proposed West End Islamic Center, if built, will encompass three stories (including a basement) and have a total of 193 surrounding parking spaces. The existing structure currently being used for worship, built in 1952 (according to county records) and renovated last fall, will be demolished.
The congregation has hosted a series of town hall meetings with the surrounding community to address questions and concerns associated with the proposed mosque, but an official plan of development has not yet been submitted to the County of Henrico for approval.
A PDF with a rendering of the facade of the building, as well as the overall floor plan, can be seen below. A map is also provided for reference.
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