Bronx Islamic Cultural Center Breaks Ground On New Mosque
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Members and supporters of the Islamic Cultural Center of the Bronx broke ground Wednesday for their new mosque.
The ceremonial laying of the foundation came nearly three years after a fire destroyed the original building on East 166th Street in Morrisania.
Hundreds came out to celebrate the start of construction.
"I was disappointed in 2009 when I heard it burnt down," said one resident who attended the ceremony. "It took 3 years to raise all the money and I'm so proud that they're going to finally rebuild it."
Center leaders say they have raised enough money to start building the 15,000-square-foot facility.
But they say they still have a way to go before raising the estimated $3 million needed to finish it.