New Mosque Planned for 172 Eldridge

Posted on: October 30th, 2009 at 6:28 am by

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172 Eldridge Street has been little more than a rotting, inactive dirt pit for quite some time.  The vacant lot, located just north of Delancey, is owned by the Assafa Islamic Center.  In a move to expand above and beyond their longtime subterranean dwelling at 172 Allen, the organization is erecting a new mosque (masjid) here.  According to their official website, the structure will rise six stories and will offer a number of Islamic services to the community (prayer, marriages, funeral services, library, etc.).

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But the project was recently slapped with a stop-work order, which was subsequently scaled back to a partial stop-work order.  Apparently, all the site excavation caused some significant structural damage to the neighboring buildings.  Indeed, the DOB show the following intel:

LACK OF SHORING HAS CAUSED VERTICAL CRACKS ON THE SIDE OF 170 ELDRIDGE ST THE ENTIRE 3 STORY LENGTH OF PROPERTY.

And..

DUE TO CONSTRUCTION AT ABOVE ADDRESS THERE IS A CRACK IN THE FRONT FACADE AND SOUTH C/O OF 174 ELDRIGDE STREET. CLR STS THAT CRACK GOES FROM 1ST FLR TO 4TH FLR OF BLDG.

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These developments likely explain the relatively new steel supports, and the cement truck parked outside yesterday evening.

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