Construction progresses on new Murfreesboro Islamic center
Reported By Heather Jensen, Reporter - bio | email
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -
Despite a legal challenge to stop it, construction crews in Rutherford County have made a lot of progress since last year's groundbreaking of the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
The controversial new mosque will be located on Veals Road just off Bradyville Pike and the building is finally taking shape.
The plot of land has gone from an empty lot to a concrete slab and foundation. Most of the plumbing systems have been prepped and steel columns that will support the walls are in place.
The new 50,000 square foot building was a controversial plan that garnered national attention.
Despite being in the community 26 years, some felt the new center didn't belong.
Protests, lawsuits and vandalism were common before the design plans were given the go-ahead by the courts.
Construction is on schedule and walls are anticipated to go up within the next two to three weeks.
The entire building could be complete by August.
At the old mosque on Middle Tennessee Boulevard, plans are still being worked on. Renting and selling the building are being discussed as options.
Although construction is underway, the legal battles are not yet over.
An active lawsuit claims Rutherford County planners did not give the public enough notice before approving the plans. The outcome of the lawsuit could have an impact on the project.
"Chancellor Corlew has cleared the path for us to have a final trial, and that's where it's headed," Attorney Joe Brandon said. "With respect to whether or not it will be built, we do not believe that it will. The chancellor previously stated if the public notice that was given was inadequate, then all permits are void."
A non-jury trial is currently scheduled for April 25.
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