Residents living near the site of a proposed mosque will soon see activity
on the property.
Scottsdale issued construction permits last week for the Islamic Center of
the Northeast Valley at 122nd Street and Via Linda.
"In the next couple of weeks we will begin to salvage the existing trees
and start construction soon after that," project manager Tarif Jaber said.
Plans call for a 16,000-square-foot center with 113 parking spaces for the
social hall, worship hall, dwelling unit for a caretaker and future
religious education classroom buildings.
The social hall is set for 28 feet at its highest point, and the worship
hall is proposed for 31 feet.
Scottsdale's Development Review Board, which originally approved plans for
the Islamic Community of the Northeast Valley in January 2002, stipulated
nine changes before the building permits could be issued.
"We are very pleased," said Naser Ahmad, founding president of the center's
board of trustees. "It has been one long road, and we have waited long
enough. We complied with everything possible. "
Revisions included changing the building's color to match surrounding
homes, creating a larger buffer zone between homes, reducing the height of
the dome from 35 to 31 feet and removing a driveway from 122nd Street.
Construction will be completed in two phases, Jaber said