Nov. 15, 2006, 4:16PM
Muslim center planned for Allen Parkway
By NANCY SARNOFF
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
The Aga Khan Foundation has purchased an 11.3-acre
parcel of land along Allen Parkway and Montrose,
including the historic Robinson Warehouse.
The international development nonprofit organization
plans to build an Ismaili Center on the property. The
facility will be similar to existing Muslim centers in
Vancouver, London and Lisbon. It will include a prayer
hall, classrooms, offices and a multipurpose social
hall, said Zahir Janmohamed, CEO of the Aga Khan
Council for the USA.
The design concept and development timeline have not
The property, which runs along Montrose from Allen
Parkway to West Dallas, includes the Robinson
Warehouse at 2323 Allen Parkway The 1920s building was
the first Sears department store in Houston, according
to the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. It will
be demolished to make room for the new project.