Islamic Center of Daytona Beach committee members and volunteers of the Future Islamic Center Project have been working diligently for several years to make sure a proposed facility at 825 Derbyshire Road in Daytona Beach creates a complex that addresses all their needs.
The center did not respond to requests for comment.
The vacant YMCA building was once a focal point of activity. Although not used in close to a decade, it will soon have multiple purposes as part of a new state of the art complex for the center.
The Islamic Center of Daytona Beach is in a 4,500-square-foot building in the Midtown neighborhood at 347 S. Keech Street. The 32,000-square-foot YMCA complex in the Derbyshire neighborhood will allow for a much larger place to pray, offer school or daycare, showcase the thrift store, or allow members and the public to enjoy a new recreation center and Islamic heritage museum. A large part of the complex is being reconfigured.
The Islamic Center of Daytona Beach Inc. bought the YMCA property in July 2007 for $1.15 million.
Saboungi Construction is the general contractor on the project and overseeing the renovations. Hassan Saboungi is a member of the Islamic Center mosque and vice president of the construction company.
Construction commenced May 2020 with construction completion expected by the second quarter of this year.
The process is well underway to gut parts of the 32,000-square-foot complex and remake the parking lot. When the work is done the 6.5-acre property will become a spacious mosque and community center open to everyone in the city.
The congregation's Midtown building will become an elementary school named after the Zamzam well in Mecca. The private school will teach the tenets of Islam, but reportedly those who attend can be of any faith.
The nearly 15-year gap between the YMCA acquisition and the overhaul has largely been due to the amount of time it's taken to raise funds. Renovation will cost about $2 million on top of the $1.15 million already spent on the land and building.
Ormond Beach-based Saboungi was chosen for the job after submitting a bid of $1.6 million. The City of Daytona Beach also required $350,000 worth of site work thus making the overall project price tag worth close to $2 million.
Utility work is done and the parking lot makeover is almost complete. Parts of the lot have been repaved, and there is new curbing and new light poles up. Workers are currently tackling roof work, and are about to begin working on plumbing and mechanical systems.
There are numerous Volusia County residents who practice Islam and are members of the Islamic Center. Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry was quoted as saying, “I’ve been privy to their plans over the years and we’re excited about what they are doing.”