October 8, 2012 (ROCKFORD) -- Phap Lam Temple opened their doors to the community in 2001 and since then, they have undergone a number of renovations and construction.
Some people believe the location isn't ideal, but temple leaders say they're not going anywhere.
"A lot of people ask me why we don't choose another place insteadof selecting here. So we go well, this is a place that we would like to start from," said Buddhist Monk Thich Phuoc Tri.
Vietnamese Buddhist Temple Phap Lam is located in the 500 block of 15th Avenue-- a neighborhood some people say is hit with crime day after day.
But Buddhist Monk Thich Phuoc Tri doesn't think so. He said, crime was never a concern for his congregation.
"I don't think so because we do nothing to harm them so they respect here to. They know it's a temple," said Phuoc Tri.
Reports from Rockford Police show crime around the 15th Avenue neighborhood has dropped more than 105 compared to last October.
The buddhist monk said, his goal is to spread the teachings of buddhism to people in the community.
He hopes the new space and expansion in the temple will provide more room for people to practice the religion. Giving them a chance for them to find a deeper sense of peace through the lessons of buddhism.
"People should take mediation more and help themselves also. We help our community to have a peaceful community and everyone will be happy," said Phuoc Tri.
Construction is expected to be done in 2 to 3 months. Temple leaders hope the expansion will draw in people from the comunity to visit their temple.