The Sikh Temple in Turlock has been approved unanimously by the Planning Commission to construct a new two story building on their current property, located at 1391 Fifth Street, that would consist of a dining area and a kitchen on the first floor, with a conference room, priest residence, and guest rooms on the second floor.
The new building will not be as tall as the current temple, however, as to not take away from the focus of the main building. The new building will be approximately 21,000 square feet. Also, a bridge connecting the Temple to the second building was proposed to be within the construction plans.
A six-foot tall externally illuminated monument sign was also approved for the new building.
The temple, which was completed in March of 2011, has since hosted a myriad of events; such as the Memorial Service for the Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting that happened earlier this year.
Sukhi Deol, a member of the Sikh temple, stated that having lived in Turlock for 32 years and having previously worked for the State Department of Transportation in Civil Engineering and Construction, he is very proud to be a member of both the community and the Sikh Temple.
“Everybody pitches in financially, physically, emotionally, every which way,” stated Deol. “I’m a very proud member of this, and I think that we’re getting to be known to the Turlock community.”
Deol also mentioned how at one time Turlock was known for having the most churches per capita, and that the addition of the Sikh Temple should be considered an icon for the city of Turlock.
In the 1930s Turlock was cited by Ripley’s Believe It or Not as having the most churches per capita in the U.S.
“We try to get Turlock City council members involved in our events, and we’d love to have input from Turlock City Staff in anything that we do.”
Planning Commission Chair Mike Brem thanked the Sikh community members who had attended the meeting, and wished them luck with their new building.
“You’re great members of our community,” stated Brem.