The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


August 5, 2013

Plans for rebuilt mosque announced

JOPLIN, Mo. — An official with the Islamic Society of Joplin during an interfaith event on Saturday provided details about plans to rebuild the mosque, which was destroyed in a suspicious fire on Aug. 6 last year.

The cause of the fire at the mosque at 1302 S. Black Cat Road has not been pinpointed by federal investigators. A previous fire that damaged the roof of the mosque last July 4 had been declared an arson — a surveillance video shows a man tossing a flaming item onto the roof.

The mosque will be rebuilt at 1805 W. 32nd St., just west of 32nd Street and McClelland Boulevard, said Navid Zaidi, a mosque board member. He said rebuilding wouldn’t start until all the money is raised to complete the project.

Plans call for a 10,000-square-foot mosque, where the previous mosque had an area of about 6,000-square-feet. The estimated cost of the building is $1 million. The cost of the land was $600,000.

Zaidi said insurance paid $500,000. Another $411,262 was raised in an online fundraiser. He said with other contributions, the Islamic Society of Joplin needs around another $500,000.

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