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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ground Zero Mega-Mosque Developers May Be Facing Eviction

According to reports, the mosque’s developers purportedly owe a large sum of money in back rent. Con Edison, the primary company that provides electricity to New York City and its surrounding localities, is giving the developers an ultimatum: Either pay the $1.7 million they owe in back rent or their lease will be terminated and the property will be seized.
The developers of the proposed Park51 community center have what the New York Post calls an “unusual, uneasy alliance” with Con Ed in that the two parties share ownership of the site on which the worship center is to be built. The Post explains:
The utility owns a former substation on the western half of the property, at 51 Park Place, and the mosque developers own a five-story building on the eastern half. The buildings were connected years ago and used to house a Burlington Coat Factory store.
Park51, which leases the substation from Con Ed, wants the two buildings so it can knock both down and build a $100 million, 15-story community center. (Full story here)

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