On the 6th of December Masjid-e-Ali purchased the former magnet building located on Beechwood Road in Luton. The total purchase price is £935,000. Taking into account the £500,000 that was raised during the Drill Hall campaign, we must raise a further £435,000 in order to complete the purchase.
Our deadline for raising these funds is the 6th of January. With your help and support Inshallah we will achieve the target.
Drill Hall Background
In 2010 Masjid-e-Ali attempted to purchase the former recreation centre in High Town (Luton), commonly known as Drill Hall. As we were about to complete on the purchase, Luton Borough Council decided to review it's asset disposal policy apparently due to a rule change from Central Government.
There was also at the time a concerted campaign by an extremist racist group to suspend the sale of the site and instead use it for housing. Following the review Luton Borough Council decided to not sell the Drill Hall site to Masjid-e-Ali.
Masjid-e-Ali entered into a period of discussions with Luton Borough Council to identify alternative sites. However - we were unable to agree on a site that would be suitable for the needs of our community.
12 Moor Street Knockdown & Rebuild
Following the failed attempt to purchase Drill Hall and a lack of alternative suitable buildings in the area, Masjid-e-Ali (with consent from the community) decided that the best course of action will be to knock down our current building at 12 Moor St to build a purpose built facility. As we completed our paperwork to apply for planning permission, we came to know that the former Magnet Building on Beechwood Road had come back up for sale.
The Trustees and EC agreed unanimously that we should attempt to purchase that building as it best meets the needs of our community. Alhamdulillah on the 6th of December that wish became a reality.