By the Grace of God, ISM Brookfield was largely completed and an occupancy permit was issued in January, 2015.
When the ISM broke ground on its new Masjid (Mosque) in Brookfield on the 4th day of the Blessed Month of Ramadan, 1434 (July 12, 2013), nobody knew exactly when the Masjid project would be complete and open for prayers.
After one and a half years of work, including many changes and improvements, we finally obtained the occupancy permit for the Masjid (Masjid An-Noor) in January, 2015. On February 14, there was an initial open house for members of the Muslim Community. On March 2, 2015, there was an official, “invitation only” Open House for City of Brookfield Officials, our interfaith partners, elected representatives, and other dignitaries.
On March 6, there was an Open House that was open to the general public.
The official Open House on March 2, 2015 was covered by Annysa Johnson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A link to the article and photos can be found here. Among the guests to the Open House were members of the Haslam family. For decades, the Haslam family had owned a small home on the property on which the Masjid was constructed.
The public Open House on March 6 was attended by hundreds of guests. The guests were given tours of the facility, were able to view various displays, had the opportunity to listen to small presentations and ask questions, and were able to enjoy a wide variety of refreshments.
Construction of the new Mosque in Brookfield (16650 Pheasant Drive) continuous at a furious pace.
Although construction was delayed by the exceptionally cold and long winter that we experienced in 2013-2014, construction is anticipated to be completed in late October or early November, 2014.
Information about an "Open House" which will be open to the entire community will be publicized as soon as a date is set.
Below are photos taken in August, 2014.
The Islamic Society of Milwaukee strives to fulfill the worship and educational needs of the Muslim community throughout the greater Milwaukee area. To meet the needs of the Muslim community in the western suburbs, the ISM has purchased several acres of land a short distance away from the intersection of Calhoun Road and North Avenue, in the City of Brookfield.
A "West Side Task Force" has been working on developing plans for the construction of a prayer hall and community center. The Task Force has been working with city officials, architects and consultants to make sure that these plans become a reality.
The Task Force has set up a website (www.ismwest.org) where more detailed information can be found regarding the current status of this project. The project was been submitted to the City of Brookfield and the entire plan was reviewed by the Brookfield Plan Commission on Monday, February 13, 2012. (See the meeting video here.) The Plan Commission approved the scheduling of a conditional use public hearing within 60 days (tentatively set for May 7, 2012). Two weeks after the public hearing, the Common Council makes the final decision on the zoning matter. If all goes well, construction can begin soon after the Common Council vote.
A powerpoint discussion of the project can be found here.
Unitarian Universalist Church West in Brookfield issues resolution of support