Sikh Temple to Open Doors in Chesapeake by Year's End

July 15, 2006


Source: The Virginian-Pilot

By the end of the year, the first Sikh temple in Hampton Roads should be open for worship.

The Guru Nanak Foundation of Tidewater is building a 7,000-square-foot temple on nearly 3 acres on Finck Lane, off Great Bridge Boulevard near the interchange of Interstate 464 and I-64. The group broke ground last April.

About 15 years in the making, the temple will cost upwards of $800,000 to complete, foundation members said Friday. The spiraling price of gasoline and petroleum-based products is affecting building costs.

A small, close-knit community of fewer than 100 families, the majority of Sikhs in the region live in Chesapeake and the surrounding South Hampton Roads cities, said Dr. Baljit Singh Gill, a Yorktown psychiatrist and group member.