Finishing touches on new Halifax Mosque delayed again
Provincially-funded gymnasium will be open to the public when complete
CBC News Posted: May 8, 2012 4:57 PM AT Last Updated: May 8, 2012 6:39 PM AT
The Ummah Mosque should be complete by the fall. (CBC)
The Halifax Ummah Mosque and Community Centre is facing more delays as it tries to finish the final stage of construction.
The building on Chebucto Road is nearly complete except for the basement, which will be the home of a provincially-funded gymnasium.
Worshippers fundraised most of the $6.2 million project, but the province chipped in $700,000 to pay for the gym.
The project is already two years overdue.
The project manager is struggling to find a bricklayer to finish the gym. (CBC)
“Most of it is already wired and ready to go,” said Project manager Peter Scott. His biggest hurdle right now is finding a bricklayer to complete the stage. He said he’s desperate to find a contractor to finish the project.
“I think at the moment it’s just the time of year everybody’s busy on housing, all are committed to contracts,” he said.
The latest deadline for completion was this month, but Scott estimates it will take up to six weeks to finish the work once he finds a contractor.
Scott says he expects the building to have its official opening in the fall.