Site work has begun on the $2.5 million Chagrin Valley Islamic Center mosque being built on Liberty Road with some of the building expected to be visible in several months.

Masroor Malik, a Solon resident and board member of the Islamic center, said that Amicon is the general contractor for the project. The company also worked on the Mace Islamic Center in Richmond Heights, he said.

“We are expecting to see some structure this fall,” Mr. Malik said. “Site work takes long.”

The mosque is expected to be complete by Ramadan of 2021.

“We hope to be in our building by then,” he said.

This will be the first mosque built in Solon.

Currently the ground is being flattened in anticipation for the building to be set on 5.84 acres owned by the Islamic center and directly across from the southern entrance of the Preserve housing development on Spicebush Lane. The location also is in the area of First Energy’s Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. easement.

The mosque, which will include a 7,000 square foot prayer area, mezzanine, multipurpose space and second story shell, will be constructed in the first phase. Future phases include a community center, Sunday school and gymnasium.

Mr. Malik said fundraising took place during Ramadan last month and the congregation now has nearly half of the project cost.

“We think as people start seeing an actual building, we will collect the rest of it,” he said. Mr. Malik said Islamic board members and executives have pledged to make sure all the necessary money is raised.

“There is excitement that the work finally has started,” Mr. Malik said. “Things are moving and shaking and people are finally seeing progress on the ground and are excited.”

Mr. Malik said the Muslim community is also excited to have a permanent home in the city. “Up until now, we have been renting all these places,” he said.

The center rents space in Signature of Solon for its weekly Friday prayer service, as well as office space on Station Street.

Discussion of the mosque’s construction has been ongoing since 2012.

Mosque construction should last between 18 and 24 months since ground work began, Mr. Malik added. Building of the mosque in Richmond Heights proved to be a “very tedious process,” he added. “We’re continuing to fundraise until the project is done.”

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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