The Philadelphia Masjid was one of three religious sites that received design services through the Sacred Places/Civic Spaces initiative—a partnership between the Community Design Collaborative and Partners for Sacred Places to re-envision underutilized, purpose-built religious properties as community hubs. The Masjid serves a congregation of 500, while also acting as a central hub for many others in the region's Muslim community. The 1.5-acre former Diocesan school complex has been underutilized since the closing of the Sister Clara Muhammad School over ten years ago. The site offers the potential for both renovation and new construction, and the congregation hopes to use its excess space to meet the needs of the neighborhood and lay the foundation for a broad community development initiative. Community partner, People's Emergency Center, recognizes this site as a key opportunity within the Promise Zone and Opportunity Zone, and as a significant gateway to the neighborhood.