Islamic Association buys former Days Inn motel in Asheboro

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — The former Days Inn motel in Asheboro has been bought by the Islamic Association of Central North Carolina.

The former motel changed ownership effective on Sept. 4, according to Randolph County tax records.

The association wants to convert the property into a Muslim school, an interfaith meeting space, and a food pantry and homeless shelter open to all, according to spokesperson Muhammad Elahi.

“We just want to contribute to this community,” Elahi told FOX8 in July.

The property at 901 Albemarle Road has a total appraised value of about $1.9 million, according to records.

Elahi previously told FOX8 that the motel’s cost was $600,000 and they had been raising funds to buy it.

Some in the community are concerned about the purchase, but Asheboro Mayor David Smith previously told FOX8 that, “It’s not our job to police who purchases properties.”

For 15 years, the Islamic group has owned a mosque on Brittain Street in Asheboro, which it plans to keep. Elahi said it currently serves about 200 people, but that number is growing.

FOX8’s previous report from July can be seen below.