Sikhs Awaiting Green Light to Build a New Place of Worship

September 6, 2007


Source: Detroit Free Press

STERLING HEIGHTS -- An apparent growth in the Sikh population in metro Detroit is driving religious leaders to ensure there are suitable places to worship close to where members live.

The most recent proposal is for a gurdwara, or place of worship, to move from Madison Heights to Sterling Heights. Complete with gold domes, if approved, the more than 14,000-square-foot building would be the first in Macomb County.

By some accounts, the Sikh population has grown tenfold in the last 20 years, with about 3,000 to 4,000 members at the four gurdwaras in the region -- the others located in Canton, Plymouth and Rochester Hills.