WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?: Muslim Society of Guelph expands

Work is underway on the foundation of the Muslim Society of Guelph’s new building on Water Street in May 2022.

A major renovation project is underway at the Muslim Society of Guelph on Water Street.

JUST THE FACTS

Shovels went in the ground at the beginning of May, just after Ramadan, on a project aimed to give the Muslim Society some much-needed additional space.

“Our existing prayer area is just way too small,” said Imam Mubeen Butt.

A new prayer hall is just one part of the construction project, which has been in the works for several years.

The three-storey addition will house the prayer hall on the first floor, and a gym with change rooms and community space on the second and third floors.

The basement of the addition will include washrooms and storage areas, Butt said.

“We’ve got about half of our excavation done and one fourth of our footings and foundations in already,” he said of the project’s progress.

The hope is to have all the main structural work completed this year, said Butt, but he added, “material delays are really slowing us down.”

The organization is continuing to fundraise for the project, the current phase of which is expected to cost approximately $1.5 million, according to an update on its website.

The new building addition is part of a larger expansion project that has also included a new parking lot and landscaping. The existing building, which currently houses the Meezan School, a private Muslim school, and a daycare centre, will remain with some minor renovations.

Community members can support the project through the Muslim Society’s donation page, msofg.org/donate/.

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