A Muslin group is looking to purchase land in Pecan Grove to build a mosque, but is still needs come up with the down payment.

The Tajweed Institute, located at a storefront location at 16025 Westheimer Road in southwest Houston, is looking at acquiring 10 acres of land at 5119 Skinner Lane in Richmond. It is a ranch area with stables and a two-bedroom, two-bathroom house.

The mosque’s storefront location is so small that some bigger events are held at Adolphus Elementary School, a Lamar Consolidated ISD school that is nearby the land Tajweed is trying to acquire.

The land would give Tajweed a much bigger area to build their mosque. It would also allow them to build other amenities, like a toddler play area, a full-size basketball court, a cafeteria and a social room.

The founder of the mosque, Dr. Raed Alrosan, said in videos posted on YouTube that he wants to make sure the deal is done before he will begin fundraising to begin paying the $500,000 down payment and the $150,000 yearly payment.

“We took two years to find the proper land for us,” Alrosan said in one of the videos. “And I have already told you that I have signed the contract for the land in the Richmond area.

“Now we are getting the appraisal to basically evaluate the price of that land… And we cannot take any donation from anyone before we have our results.”

The lot size of the land is 419,526 square feet, and the market value is over $631,000.

Calls to Alrosan’s office by The Herald were unreturned.

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