On Sunday, June 1, the Board gave an update of its correspondence with the Guiv Foundation, the cost range based on some calculations by Cyrus Rivetna (a Chicago-based architect who is helping with the construction of a Darb-e-Mehr in Dallas), and a summary of the terms of the permit by Fairfax County.
The Board is now soliciting the community for 2 ZAMWI members to be co-chairs of a permanent center committee. These co-chairs will be elected by the ZAMWI membership, and are to be responsible for developing a plan to move the community forward at Hunter Mill - establishing a time line, organizing various subcommittees (legal, fundraising, construction, etc.) and soliciting volunteers for them. All of these activities are to be done pursuant to the ZAMWI Constitution and Bylaws and with the final approval of the ZAMWI Board.
If you're interested in being a co-chair or would like to nominate someone, please fill out the attached form and email it to me with a short bio by June 30th. In order to be considered, a nominee must be proficient in English and a ZAMWI member.
Download nomination form here.
Download presentation from June 1 meeting here.
Listen to meeting proceedings here.
The ZAMWI Board received a letter from Dr. Daryoush Jahanian in
to the below letter asking for clarification.
See the letter in its entirety
The ZAMWI Board wrote a response to the below
Declaration of Decision, asking for clarification.
here to see a copy of the letter.
click here to see a copy of Declaration of decision from the Guiv
click here to download a copy of the presentation made to the
Guiv Trust on Oct. 27
what's been discussed in meetings and open forums so far:
of meeting pertaining to the center, Sept. 16
of Sept. 30 open forum at Tilden
of Oct. 7 open forum at Hunter Mill
of Oct. 14 open forum at Hunter Mill
click on the links below to obtain
Farsi documents pertaining to the Center.
This note contains very important information about the latest developments
regarding the Zoroastrian Center for the Washington, D.C., metropolitan
area. Please read it carefully.
As you may know, during the past decade, we have not realized our
desire to have a permanent gathering place for our local community.
The information contained in this note is our communitys best
chance for obtaining a gathering place, both financially and within
a reasonable time frame. So it is crucial for you to review this
document, be educated on the various options being proposed, and
subsequently give us your opinion/choice on which option is best
in the long-term for our association and community.
As mentioned at the last AGM in March, a group of local Zoroastrians
(known as the "Group of Five") conducted a study on the
status of the proposed Zoroastrian Center located on Hunter Mill
Road in Virginia. These individuals were Msrs. Mehrdad Aidun, Farzad
Aidun, Mehran Khadivi, Farhad Shahryary, and Farhad Verahrami. Click
here for a copy of the report.
As a result of this report and conversations with Dr. Daryoush Jahanian
of the Guiv Trust (the trust that currently owns the Hunter Mill
property), the Guiv Trust is presenting ZAMWI / the Zoroastrians
of the D.C. metro area with 5 options. The emails sent by Dr. Jahanian
describing these options are shown in their entirety below.
The ZAMWI Board would like to solicit your thoughts and opinions
on these options. In forming your opinion/reaching your decision,
please consider the following additional factors:
initial estimated cost for just the site preparation
for the Hunter Mill property, as documented in the attached
Group of 5 report, is about $1,000,000.
cost of constructing a basic structure at the Hunter Mill
property - just a prayer room and several class rooms, but
not including a social hall -- is about $4,200,000.
or more of the owners of the properties adjacent to the Hunter
Mill property have been less than welcoming.
county has placed restrictive conditions on the use of the
Hunter Mill property.
Based on the
above facts, the ZAMWI Board at this point is inclined to favor
Option 1 in Dr. Jahanian's email - to sell the land and use the
proceeds for the purchase of a community center. The five trustees
of the Guiv Trust -- Dr. Mehraban Shahrvini, Dr. Khosro Mehrfar,
Professor Soroosh Sorooshian, Dr. Borzoo Nadjmi and Dr. Daryoush
Jahanian -- will be coming to the Washington, D.C. area, would like
to meet and hear from the community on Saturday, October 27th, and
then select one of these 5 options. At this meeting, the ZAMWI Board
will make a presentation to the Guiv Trust based on the feedback
received from the community. The meeting on October 27th will take
place at 6 pm at Concord-St. Andrews United Methodist Church (5910
Goldsboro Road, Bethesda, MD 20817), and will be a community pot-luck
Now is the time for your voice to be heard! In order to ensure that
the larger community is aware of the facts and everyones opinions
have been heard, there will be a series of open forums conducted
within the next month before the arrival of the Guiv Trust trustees.
The date and location of these forums are listed above.
to the extent possible, you can provide your feedback to the Board
during the Mehregan Function on October 6th at the McLean Community
Center. Please share your thoughts and comments with the ZAMWI Board
during one of these sessions. This will be one of the most important
decisions and endeavors that our community undertakes in its time.
We look forward to your comments and thoughts. The contact information
for the ZAMWI Board members is provided below.
The ZAMWI Board
Mr. Ardeshir Bakhtiani, President
Mr. Farzad Aidun, Vice President
Mr. Farhad Verahrami, Treasurer
Mr. Cyrus Bamji, Joint Treasurer
Mr. Navroz Gandhi, Secretary
Mr. Zal Damkevala, Joint Secretary
Mr. Zubin Mistry, Trustee-at-Large
following emails were sent by Dr. D, Jahanian:
Friday, September 14, 2007 9:36:09 PM
Dear members and trustees:
There are various options open to us. It is obvious that the previous
set up and inaction has not moved the project ahead and is raising
concerns in the community.
to sell the land. We will receive $2,700.000 to 1,500.000 cash
after expenses. The major part of the cash plus 300,000 collected
Wandsar plus whatever the local community can raise can be spent
purchase an appropriate structure for the community center and
hopefully if we are left with extra cash we can spend for other
Lease the Hunter mill property for a period of 7 years to the
association for 1 dollar a year if they could proceed with the
existing plan and do the site improvement build the prayer room
auditorium (Jashn gah) kitchen and bathrooms, then extend it for
years lease for one dollar a year or later at any appropriate
transfer the ownership on one condition that the temple should
be accessible to all the Zoroastrian and those in love of
Zarathushtra. This commitment is unconditional. Of course you
be able to raise at least 1,700.000 to 2,000.000 for the preliminary
In north Texas the community of over 150 families have bought
acres property for 253,000 and they have a construction project
906,000. Phase one is to begin soon for 600,000 including prayer
room, class rooms , library, office, kitchen and restrooms. Phase
will consist of hall for 300 people for $300,000 These figures
adjusted to the need of the society. Of course always extra money
set aside for mechanic's lien and maintenance, furniture and so
architect is Cyrus Rivetna who has studied ancient and modern
temples. He can be approached to draw a similar plan for the size
Wash.Dc community. I believe this budget goal easily is approachable
by the community.
The very last that hopefully is not the case, if the local
community does not take any action, then we will sell the property
spend the proceeds in other locations.
above plans are food for the thought. Please study it carefully
so that our meeting with you will be fruitful.
are open to suggestion.
The following email was sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 11:18:58
is an excellent program. However late Saturday or early Sunday
need to squeez time for the trustees to meet and make decision.
As I have said none of the plans are final they are only options.
last one under study is to subdivide the parcel, sell the two
for minimum of one million return half of the proceeds to the
community for the construction of Darbe Mehr and the other half
spend for construction of other Darbe mehers. This is very
preliminary. whether it can be done without ruining the other
acres for temple site or whether the county will accept it, and
much is the cost of subdivision, have to be carefully studied.
Remember the final decision will be made by all the trustees after
listenning to the needs and views of all the local people and
whatever is the best for the local community . We are there to
the project off the ground and move forward. there should be no