Mosque Near Ground Zero Clears Another Hurdle

August 4th, 2010 - 8:22 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
mosqueAug 4, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Amidst growing tension and opposition, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to deny a landmark stature to old Burlington Coat Factory building that lies two blocks away from the World Trade Center. The decision allows the mosque developers to tear down the dilapidated building that was affected by the 9/11 attack and build a multi-storied mosque and Islamic community center on its place. However, while the project developers are happy about the present development, there are many conservative groups who are opposing the decision of the panel and have decided to challenge it.

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission’s panel that voted on Tuesday maintained that the 152-year-old lower Manhattan building that bore the burn of the World Trade Center terrorist attack is not distinctive enough to be provided with a stature of a landmark. On the part of the developers, its spokesman Oz Sultan said to media sources on Tuesday that it does not have any idea what kind of legal action American Center for Law and Justice is going to take. However, the spokesman thanked and added that the groups of developers are grateful to the panel. The decision of the panel has also drawn praise from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who stood in front of the cameras on Governor’s Island to thank the panel for their decision.

An attorney for American Center for Law and Justice, Brett Joshpe said to media sources that the group plans to file a petition at the court against city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. It alleged that the panel had “acted arbitrarily and abused its discretion”.

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