Rabbi Yossi and Malkie Korik had no intention of purchasing a site to house their growing Roseville, Calif., Chabad-Lubavitch center, and preferred instead to rent a storefront. But then, the town’s former 4,800-square-foot fire station and its 1.3-acre lot came up for auction. The $600,000 asking price was too good to ignore.

Thus was born an expansion project for the suburban-Sacramento center that will soon give this Placer County region its first Jewish community center. Slated to open in less than a year, the sprawling 7,400-square-foot complex will house a synagogue, social hall, kitchen, library, classrooms, offices and a ritual bath. According to Yossi Korik, who arrived to the area about five years ago, most of the projected $1 million budget has already been pledged by local families.

“People in the community are really excited about this unique opportunity,” said the rabbi. “Several people responded generously right away, and since our purchase, we have experienced tremendous growth in all of our programs, [especially] because people know that we have the property and are developing it.”

Until the ribbon cutting, prayer services remain at the Korik residence, and Hebrew school operates from rented spaces in town.

Gennady Shapiro, the project’s main benefactor, values the new center because it will ensure that all of Roseville’s Jewish community will be able to join together in one place.

“This is a great way for me to give back to the Jewish community that has given me so much,” said Shapiro, a Russian native whose business specializes in therapeutic safety walk-in bathtubs. “There was no such thing as a JCC here, and it’s important that we be able to do a variety of different things in one center. With the center, there will never be a situation where Jews don’t have a place to get together.”

Michelle Feinberg expressed similar excitement about the prospect of a central location for the Placer County Jewish community.

“We really need a meeting place, a community center, one central location where we can do things,” said Feinberg, who is a member of the project’s fundraising committee. “Right now, we’re really scattered and we just want to have a permanent home. Chabad had made a big difference in our lives and we’re glad to have it so close to home.”

For Avi Kama, an Israeli native who moved to Roseville from New York about the same time as the Koriks, the new center will also attract newcomers.

“I think that some people might have reservations about coming to someone’s house for services,” he said, “so this new center will open new horizons for all of us. Already in such a short time, our little, unknown congregation has become very successful. We’ll all open our hearts and our wallets to make this new project work.”

For Korik, the project is still somewhat of a dream.

“We would never have thought to do something so big, but it’s already growing so much now,” said Korik. “This will be a great opportunity and service to the community.”