New Madinah: A mixed-use cultural center for Roxbury

New Madinah: A mixed-use cultural center for Roxbury

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Islamic Multi-Service Organization started this petition to Mayor Michelle Wu and

WHO WE ARE:

The Society for Islamic Brotherhood: Islamic Multi-Service Organization & Mosque for the Praising of Allah

First established as a small mosque in the 1970's, we have grown over the last 50 years to be much more. As a non-profit organization, we now provide a number of social services and support programs for the community in Roxbury, in addition to our house of worship for Boston residents:

  • Our food pantry feeds nearly 2000 people every 2 weeks.
  • Our college prep and professional development courses help students access better education, and help adults earn certifications for better career opportunities.
  • Our congregation of over 300 people is dedicated to expanding that work, for the betterment of all Roxbury and Boston residents.

OUR PROJECT: New Madinah

While the demand for our service has grown dramatically, our space has not. We are still in the original structure at 724 Shawmut Avenue, and have outgrown the existing facilities. It is now hindering our ongoing and expanding efforts of community service, support, and outreach. To aid our growth and ensure we can remain a stable pillar in the Roxbury and Boston community, we propose building a new mixed-use development at 724-744 Shawmut Avenue.

This new project would provide expansion space for our non-profit Islamic Multi-Service Organization, community food pantry, house of worship, education facilities, and neighborhood cultural business partners. Additionally, the project would also provide a significant number of housing units and Affordable apartments. The housing component of the project not only provides critical financial viability to the non-profit cultural expansion, it also offers housing opportunity for community members, with direct proximity to the social, spiritual, and economic resources provided by the organization.

We need to grow our home to continue serving the needs of this growing community.

OUR OBSTACLE:

The obstacles preventing growth for the Mosque Praise Allah and the IMSO are two street trees bisecting the site, and making it undevelopable in the capacity needed. We would like to present the project to the public through the Article 80 process, but were told it could not begin until a formal hearing with the Parks Department to remove the trees was held.

  • A request for a hearing seeking approval to remove the trees was filed with the Parks Department.
  • We gained community support for the tree removal through several written letters and a signed petition; over 150 signatures in total.
  • The tree removal request hearing was held and the decision was made by the Parks Department to deny the request.
  • Due to the denial, the project is now prevented from being presented to the public through the Article 80 process.

OUR GOAL:

We would like to appeal our Tree Removal Request denial of the two street trees on Shawmut Ave.
It is preventing the project from moving forward into public discussion via the Article 80 process.

  • We are requesting your support and outreach to the Mayor’s office to appeal the tree removal denial.
  • The project team feels the overwhelming community support the Mosque Praise Allah and IMSO provides is vital and should be the priority in this case.
  • The project team has proposed 8 new street trees to be planted along Shawmut Ave to offset the loss of the two existing street trees.

We would greatly appreciate your support !!!

You can see and share our full presentation through this link: New Madinah

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