Leaders of a Muslim group have bought a building which they hope to turn into a youth community centre.
The building in Great George Street, Preston, has been bought by the Hanafi Sunni Muslim Circle, a group based at the Raza Masjid Mosque round the corner in St Paul’s Road.
The new owners are hoping to change the use of the property and create a youth community centre for the surrounding Muslim community.
Today Zulfiqar Ahmed, president of the Hanafi Sunni Muslim Circle, said: “We are going to transform that building into a community centre for regular mosque members and other community members. There is a very very big need for it.”
Mr Ahmed said the building cost £230,000 and the mosque community was involved in the decision to buy the building. He said it could be next year or the year after before it becomes a community centre. It is currently one storey and they want to make it two.
He said: “It’s just one floor we need to get another floor, we need to get planning permission, we are just using the ground floor for now.”
Mr Ahmed said the other community centres close by - which are used for functions including weddings - are often booked up and that is why there is a need for another one.
The building was bought from Vendors Acornshield Props Ltd.
Robert Pinkus & Co. LLP acted on behalf of the landlord. Partner Joe Assalone said: “Creating well crafted, social space that offers a wide range of activities for Preston’s young people is to be encouraged and we look forward to seeing this building transformed with a new lease of life as a busy community centre.”