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Construction stopped again on North New Hyde Park Islamic center

The construction site of the Hillside Islamic Center

The construction site of the Hillside Islamic Center in New Hyde Park is pictured on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

The on-again, off-again construction of the $1.4 million Hillside Islamic Center in North New Hyde Park is off again.

Work at the 17,000-square-foot site on Hillside Avenue, which resumed last month, was stopped Oct. 3.

The project was first stopped last October, five months after construction started and a month after crews started installing the steel frame.

Town of North Hempstead spokeswoman Carole Trottere said Friday that the project had been suspended and the building's structural integrity had to be checked before work resumed.

"The town is now in the process of contracting an engineer," Trottere said. "During this whole process, the town has worked with the applicant to help resolve these issues."

The town board is to consider a resolution to hire the engineer at Tuesday's meeting.

Trottere said the engineering services would review plans, analyze test results and conduct field inspections at the site.

"The service provided will include analysis of the concrete, steel and other structural components," she said.

Islamic Center President Abdul Aziz Bhuiyan of New Hyde Park said he is scheduled to meet this morning with building department officials to discuss construction plans.

"Initially it was a mistake in the foundation," Bhuiyan said. "It should have been 24 inches higher."

He said concerns about the construction plan going forward should be answered at Monday's meeting.

About 500 Muslims from Floral Park, Little Neck, Garden City Park, New Hyde Park, Manhasset Hills, Williston Park, North Hills, Roslyn, Searingtown and Glen Oaks are expected to use the site for prayer, Quran classes, and marriage and funeral services, Bhuiyan said.

Plans are for the two-story facility to include separate prayer areas for men and women, as well as offices and libraries.

Jim McHugh, a North New Hyde Park resident who lives in the area, said he brought concerns about the construction to the town's attention.

Trottere said McHugh's reports "about alleged building deficiencies were subsequently confirmed" by the town. "Construction on the site was halted . . . once these reports were received and reviewed."


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