2018-07-18 / Front Page

Buddhist Center To Sprout In Dutch Kills

By Liz Goff
Officials at the national Buddhist organization, Soka Gakkai International, last week announced plans to develop a 3-story community center at 40-40 24th Street in Long Island City, at the southeast edge of the Dutch Kills community.

The 15,000-square-foot building will feature a religious space, a bookstore, a coffee lounge and assorted meeting rooms.

Attorney Clifford Sawyer, vice president of administration for Sokka Gakkai, said the center would serve as a center for the group’s “mission,” to promote peace, community and education of Buddhism.

Sawyer said members are very excited that the group is expanding its message to Long Island City. The organization currently boasts 100 centers nationwide, including a center on 15th Street in Manhattan.

The new center will offer a range of activities including religious services, youth programs, lectures, cultural programs and seminars. Along with an assortment of meeting spaces, the new center will feature a landscaped rooftop lounge, group officials said.

Plans have not been announced for demolition of an existing one-story structure on the site, or for the start of construction.

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