A Muslim community center will open in Buffalo's University District by the end of the year on two conditions.
The center must be open for the entire community to use. And a temporary permit to operate the center will be valid for only one year. When that expires, a community meeting will be held to get feedback from residents, said University Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt.
The center will be a place for social gatherings and for offering prayers five times a day - a religious duty for every Muslim. Help with homework for all youngsters will be provided as well as other activities, including food and clothing drives and giveaways.
In July, cautiously supportive neighbors promised to keep watch to make sure the center doesn't evolve into anything else.