Half-baked mosque

Developer owns only part of site

Isabel Vincent and Mellisa Klein
The New York Post
8/8/2010

Not so fast.

The developers of the controversial mosque proposed near Ground Zero own only half the site where they want to construct the $100 million building, The Post has learned.

One of the two buildings on Park Place is owned by Con Edison, even though Soho Properties told officials and the public that it owns the entire parcel. And any potential sale by Con Ed faces a review by the state Public Service Commission.

“We never heard anything about Con Ed whatsoever,” said a stunned Julie Menin, the chairwoman of Community Board 1, which passed a May resolution supporting the mosque.

Daisy Khan, one of the mosque’s organizers, told The Post last week that both buildings on Park Place are needed to house the worship and cultural center. But she claimed ignorance about the Con Ed ownership of 49-51 Park Place and referred questions to Soho Properties, which bought the building at 45-47 Park Place in 2009.

Rep. Peter King, who opposes the mosque, said the developers seemed to be “operating under false pretenses.”

“I wonder what else they are hiding,” said King (R-LI). “If we can’t have the full truth on this, what can we believe?”

Read the rest at The New York Post.

H/T Blazing Cat Fur

Related: Moderate Muslim Leaders: We Muslims Know Ground Zero Mosque is a Deliberate Provocation…:

…New York currently boasts at least 30 mosques so it’s not as if there is pressing need to find space for worshippers. The fact we Muslims know the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation to thumb our noses at the infidel. The proposal has been made in bad faith and in Islamic parlance, such an act is referred to as “Fitna,” meaning “mischief-making” that is clearly forbidden in the Koran…

Also,  Muslim 9/11 victim: ‘Build your mosque somewhere else’:

I have no grave site to visit, no place to bring my mother her favorite yellow flowers, no spot where I can hold my weary heart close to her. All I have is Ground Zero.

On the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I watched as terrorists slammed United Flight 175 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, 18 minutes after their accomplices on another hijacked plane hit the North Tower. My mother was on the flight. I witnessed her murder on live television. I still cannot fully comprehend those images. In that moment, I died as well. I carry a hole in my heart that will never be filled…

And, from The Right Scoop Geraldo: Muslim who paid 4.8 Million for Ground Zero Mosque building was waiter in 2002:

Apparently this guy saved the 4.8 million for this purchase from renting apartments on commission in NY. Yeah, sounds legit!

This guy must’ve earned one heck of a commission! I wish I could save $685k every year! I mean, to live in NY is expensive enough, but to save that kind of dough on top of living expenses? I think I need to hire this guy as my financial planner!

Update: Read also American Power’s The Muslim Hijacking of Ground Zero

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