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Islamic Cultural Center of Bosniaks Propose New Mosque in East Syracuse

muslim-prayerPlans are in the works for a new mosque and cultural center on a nearly 24-acre piece of land in East Syracuse.

The Islamic Cultural Center of Bosniaks in Syracuse intend to construct a 6,400-square-foot brick building on what is currently a golf driving range on Hartwell Ave. The plans show that the facility would be placed about 180 feet away from the road and would include as many as 135 parking spaces for staff, members, and visitors.

They’ve also made plans to build a 50-foot tower and create a number of athletic fields around the main building, including a soccer field, basketball court, and tennis court. By the mosque there would be a gazebo and a fountain.

This landscaping and hardscaping aspect of the project is very important for both aesthetics and practical purposes. For instance, trees properly planted around the buildings could reduce the need for air conditioning by 30% and save between 20 and 50% of the energy used for heating the facility.

The proposed plans show that inside the mosque would be a large prayer area as well as conference and cultural heritage rooms. They also intend to include a kitchen, several classrooms, and a playroom for the children.

According to Mirzet Hajdarevic, the president of the Islamic Cultural Center of Bosniaks, their current facility is only about 1,000 square feet. He has expressed an interest in expanding to accommodate the large population of Bosniaks in East Syracuse.

“We have about 2,000 to 3,000 people in our Bosnian community, and about 1,000 are members here,” said Hajdarevic. “Most of them live in East Syracuse. We would just like to have a larger space to worship and have community gatherings and cultural events.”

Hajdarevic said that he hopes to gain support from the village on this proposal.

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