Work Anew at Assafa Islamic Center, 172 Eldridge Street

Posted on: April 5th, 2010 at 6:27 am by

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Ever since a pair of steel supports was installed back in October, it has been all quiet on the Eldridge mosque front.  The worksite at 172 Eldridge was quiet through autumn and winter.  But now spring is finally here, and with it renewed construction efforts.

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Late last week, the flatbeds arrived with backhoes and other heavy machinery in tow. The steel supports bracing the neighboring building were removed, and work began anew.  Despite all the recent movement, however, the property is still under a partial stop work order for fissures discovered in the facade of both 170 and 174 Eldridge. On March 18, the DOB partially rescinded the order and is allowing developers to proceed, “in order to complete building up to the third floor.

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And just to recap, the new Assafa Islamic Center will reportedly rise six stories and offer a handful of Islamic services to the community (prayer, marriages, funeral services, library, etc.). For the time being, the masjid is still located in the basement of 172 Allen Street.

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