Funding Last Hurdle for Sikh Temple With Green Design

March 27, 2010

Author: Ashley Gebb

Source: Appeal-Democrat

Gurdwara green is slated to be the shade of the new Sikh temple on South George Washington Boulevard.

The Guru Nanak Sikh Society has cleared almost all hurdles toward starting construction — including a battle with Sutter County and a hearing at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal — except for funding. The building design includes plans for solar panels, sustainable building materials and the planting of hundreds of trees.

"If we can pull this thing off, it will be a gem," said project architect Mohinder Singh Datta. "I think it's a very modern building but it's also traditional."

Construction of the proposed $10 million temple at 1298 S. George Washington Blvd., can begin as soon as enough money is raised for the first phase of building. Cost of developing the 29-acre grounds and preparing the utilities is estimated at $2 million.