The Islamic Center of Siouxland is adding 3,000 sq. feet – 1,500 sq ft. each to the prayer hall on the first floor and to the basement by expanding the current building towards north with a new entry way for the new addition on the west side. The additional area in the prayer hall will help accommodate ever-increasing number of worshippers for Friday noon congregational prayers and an enlarged basement will provide improved facilities for education of our children and also for many other cultural and social activities. Construction for the new project began Monday, December 4, 2017 and is expected to be completed in spring 2018.
The current building of the Islamic Center was built in 2002 and sits north of City and County Law Enforcement Building on 2.5 acres of land on Willow Street and nearly 60 persons can pray at a time in the prayer hall on the first floor. There were only 25-30 Muslim families living in the Siouxland area at that time and this building served us well for a few years. Since then, a large number of new immigrant Muslim families from East African countries of Somalia and Ethiopia have arrived and settled here in South Sioux City as most of them found good paying jobs at the Tyson Foods Beef Packing Plant in Dakota City and Wells Dairy in Le Mars. The need for a larger prayer hall and a larger basement has been felt for the last 4-5 years and we hope that the new addition will meet the religious and cultural needs of our community for now and for the foreseeable future.
The estimated cost of this project is over $300,000 of which we have collected $200,000 and hope to be able to raise the rest of the money from other donors who have pledged to fund this project in the near future as the construction progresses. We would like to solicit and gratefully accept donations from individuals, corporations and other non-profit entities in the Siouxland area to participate and help us complete the first phase of this project. The second phase essentially includes construction of new parking area for another 30-50 cars in our existing parking lot.