World Bulletin / News Desk
A New York City real estate developer has filed plans to raze the "Ground Zero mosque," a structure housing an Islamic community center just two blocks from the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks, city officials said Tuesday.
The Islamic center and prayer space opened in 2011 near the site of the World Trade Center attacks.
The New York City Department of Buildings said on Tuesday it was reviewing an application from the developer to demolish the four-story building and an adjacent property in lower Manhattan, possibly to build a new, larger structure.
Sharif El-Gamal of Soho Properties has said he eventually planned to construct a $100 million, 13-story Islamic community center on the site, complete with prayer space, recreational facilities and interfaith workshops.
But Hank Sheinkopf, spokesman for the developer, would not confirm on Tuesday that the request to demolish the existing buildings was a step towards constructing the larger project.
He told Reuters that plans for the site's development "will be answered in the future."
He also would not say where the current Islamic prayer space would be relocated, should the applications to raze the building be granted.Last Mod: 09 Nisan 2014, 17:51